The Derby Day

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A panoramic detailed painting of crowds on Derby Day, the race course behind them, tailing off into the distance to the left. A tall pavilion of stands can be seen in the background, left of the centre, at the side of the course, topped with a flag. In the foreground, far left, is the nearest of a row of Royal Reform Club marquees, with red flags, which extends away from the viewer, top-hatted men make their way to the nearest entrance. A young couple in rural dress including smocks stand before them, glancing to the right. A woman in black makes her way towards the group, in the middle of which is a policeman. Next to this, a group of men are surreptitiously gambling and exchanging money around a small card table, on which a man performs a conjuring trick for bets.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Derby Day




oil on canvas


H 102.3 x W 234.4 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from James Gresham, 1896

Work type


Inscription description

Signed brc: W.P.Frith. 1893-94

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3JL England

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