Nottingham Goose Fair, October 1876

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This painting conveys the excitement and jostle of a late nineteenth century version of the famous Nottingham Goose Fair when it was held in the Market Square. It also clearly shows the buildings, many of which are still there, so it is also an interesting social history document.

Goose Fair started off in the Market Square in Nottingham City centre, and moved to its present location on the Forest Recreation Ground in 1928, due to space limitations and planned redevelopment of the square.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries



Nottingham Goose Fair, October 1876




oil on canvas


H 51 x W 61 cm (E)

Accession number

NCMG 2019-67

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 2019

Work type



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