The Goodsir Boys- (Portrait of my grandfather and his brothers)

Oil on canvas

100 x 120cm


Hugh Ramage

The painting “The Goodsir Boys- (Portrait of my grandfather and his brothers)” is based on a family photograph. It shows my grandfather Arnie Goodsir on the right, with his brothers Wilfred, George and Albert, prior to his embarkation for the Great War. Like so many young men of his generation, his life was irrevocably changed by his participation in the conflict. He spent the duration of his overseas service in Britain training troops for the war in France, a job that he was apparently very good at. He never made it to the front lines. He returned a changed man however – taciturn, withdrawn and somewhat ashamed. He felt robbed of the opportunity for glory and adventure that he imagined fighting in battle offered.