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