Benares, India signed 'RG Goodman' (lower left) oil on canvas 51 x 66.5cm (20 1/16 x 26 3/16in).
In September 1903, Gwelo Goodman departed England on board the S.S. Moldavia, bound for Bombay. By Boxing Day he had arrived in Benares, where he wrote to his wife Mabel, describing the city in detail: "really Benares is splendid and I'm simply revelling in it...If all the other places are as interesting as Benares, I ought to have a grand lot of things...The river frontage with temples, palaces, boats, etc., is simply splendid."
In total he painted six oil paintings in Benares, including the present lot and Warm on the Bosom of a Jewel - Benares (illustrated in Newton Thompson, 1951, opp. p.21). Gwelo Goodman returned to England in March 1904; his exhibition of seventy pictures from his tour of India, at the Leicester Galleries in January 1905, was an immediate success. It is likely that the present lot was among them.
Other Indian views by Gwelo Goodman include Lake Palace, Udaipur, An Indian durbar and Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling (all sold in these rooms, 23 May 2007, lots 26 & 27, and 14 October 2009, lot 7).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: J. Newton Thompson, Gwelo Goodman, South African artist, (London, 1951)