The amazing works by Godward were perhaps the last of the era of classical works before critics condemened the whole of realism as being merely technical.
Modernistic critics combined with Godward’s failing health until he took his own life in December of 1922, at the age of 61.
Godward was a secretive person, so it is difficult to determine much about his life. But so many people have tried. Here is a short biography. And here is a much longer dissertation on Godward’s life.