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Goodey's Derby (Paintings and Drawing in the Collection of Derby Museum & Art Gallery) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Sarah Allard , Nicola Rippon
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd; illustrated edition edition (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859833799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859833797
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,390,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Derby-born and educated Nicola Rippon has been a freelance writer for more than a decade.
Her features and columns have appeared in the Derby Telegraph and Derbyshire Life & Countryside. She is the author of a number of books of both local and national interest, including Derby Our City (2001) and Derbyshire's Own (2006); and is the co-author of Goodey's Derby (2003). In 2001 she wrote and co-produced the highly-acclaimed film Derby: A People's History which was released by Last Hurrah! Productions and is available on DVD. Her latest book: The Plot to Kill Lloyd George: The Story of Alice Wheeldon and the Peartree Conspiracy was published in 2009. She is the creator and writer of the web magazine Raggedy Ann Girl In A Barbie Doll World (www.raggedyanngirl.com).

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Castlefield Arcadia 5 Nov 2008
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
"The collection is a wonderful reminder of Derby's past glories, and is a fascinating record of change within the town from the beginning of the industrial age to the middle of the last century ... Whilst some of the views are instantly recognisable today, other aspects have vanished without trace." Thus write the authors of this fine and well-presented volume in their introduction. Sarah Allard is Keeper of Fine Art at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, and Nicola Rippon is an author and filmmaker.

But who is Alfred Goodey? Or rather, who was Alfred Goodey? He died in 1945. He was a collector of many artistic works of the city, and indeed commissioned many of the pictures in his collection. He donated them to the city's museum where they have been cared for ever since. In this volume, 103 pictures are reproduced in full colour, and they date from the early eighteenth century, but most are from the period 1840-1930. Alfred Keene painted thirty-eight of the 103, and S H Parkins eleven.

The order of the pictures assumes a rough geographical format, commencing with distant views of the town, then looking at the riverside, before entering the Market Square and so on. A map would have been of use, pinpointing the sites and page numbers of the paintings for quick reference. But whenever I had lost my geographical bearings, all I needed to do in most paintings was to look for the tower of All Saints.

There are some distinctive omissions in the subject-matter. A few pictures of Derby's industrial heritage appear only at the end of the book, and there is surprisingly only one featuring a train. But there is none of Rolls Royce or of the porcelain works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Derby residents 5 Sep 2012
This is a beautiful and very interesting book. It's a must for Derby or former Derby residents who are interested in art and/or the history of Derby. The paintings are from a collection by a man called Alfred Goodey who left the paintings to Derby Museum for the people of Derby. Each painting has some information about the location and history and there is also the story of Goodey's collection and some of the featured artists.
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