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Goodey's Derby


In association with Derby Museum and Art Gallery


When, in 1936, Alfred E. Goodey handed his collection of paintings of Derby to the council’s Art Gallery he ensured that a unique archive was saved for the town. Since then, whenever a selection of the Goodey Collection has been exhibited, it has aroused enormous interest from Derbeians of all ages. Now 100 of the most compelling images of Derby, in a variety of media and styles, have been gathered together in this book Goodey’s Derby. The result is a remarkable record of the town in the 19th and early 20th century.

Goodey began collecting oils, watercolours prints and photographs in 1886, searching as far afield as America for anything to do with Derby. Eventually he commissioned artists to paint contemporary views of the town, being especially concerned to create a record of anything which was likely to be demolished or otherwise changed forever. Upon his death in 1945, he bequeathed to Derby yet more works of art as well as a sum of money to be used for building an extension to the Art Gallery.

This book is also part of his legacy. Through the eyes of such artists as Ernest Townsend, Alfred Keene, Frank Gresley, William Austin, Walter Talent and Claude T. Stansfield Moore, Goodey’s Derby presents many wonderful images of the town as it was in a gentler time.




"Alfred E. Goodey showed his love of his native place in a variety of ways, but none more lasting than this unique collection of pictures…"

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