Old Photographs & Drawings of Chester
The Works of Arthur Godwin 1
A. Godwin: The Old Dee Bridge, Chester
We're very grateful to reader John Ziewacz of Simsbury, Connecticut USA for sending us this beautiful view of Chester's Old Dee Bridge. It's an etching signed by the artist Arthur Godwin- of whom we knew little until we received the following from Ray Godwin:
"My grandfather was Arthur Godwin. He died in 1989 aged 89. He lived in Prestatyn, North Wales but came from Chester where he worked in the Assay Office and became a Freeman of the City of Chester for his work. He painted scenes of Chester and North Wales well into his eighties and also cleaned and restored paintings. Hope this is of some help to you".
Strangely, just a few days after receiving the etching, we were sent this (much less accomplished) old drawing of the same scene as viewed from the other side of the river! The sender was Seth Bendfeldt of Oakdale, Montville, Connecticut USA and yet again, we have an unknown artist to identify! He tells us that "the picture hung on the wall of my Aunt's house for as long as I can remember. Her names was Stevens, but her grandmother was a Reynolds, who came from Hadlyme CT, which is close to Chester CT".
In October 2004, we received the following- "I have just been on the Black & White Picture website, where I saw the write up about your Arthur Godwin piece called Chester's Old Dee Bridge. I was wondering if you have ever been able to find anymore information regarding Mr. Godwin and his works? Were you ever able to locate Mr. Ray Godwin, his grandson?
In April 2008, reader Malcolm Coppack wrote to us, "I read with interest your information on the artist A. Godwin. I have two watercolours by this artist dated 1921 showing scenes of the Old Dee Bridge and Nowhere with St Mary's Church in the background. They belonged to my Grandmother".