New season at Chatsworth House to launch with Duchess of Devonshire exhibition

After its annual spring clean, Chatsworth House opens today with a brand new exhibition of rarely seen photographs. Picture: Scott Merrylees
After its annual spring clean, Chatsworth House opens today with a brand new exhibition of rarely seen photographs. Picture: Scott Merrylees

The new season at Chatsworth House is set get underway today with the opening of a photography exhibition detailing the glittering social circle of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire.

Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard opens today with a fascinating glimpse into the Duchess of Devonshire through the photos of Cecil Beaton; the ‘bringing home’ of Dan Pearson’s award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden to Chatsworth; the celebration of the Grand Tour through the eyes and collection of the Devonshire Family and the final phase of the momentous £32.7million Masterplan restoration project.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “2016 is set to be another remarkable year at Chatsworth, with exciting developments across the house and garden to enjoy.

"We’re delighted to present the rejuvenated Trout stream where features from the award winning RHS Chelsea Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden have been installed and planted under the direction of Dan Pearson.

Running until January 3 next year, the exhibition takes its inspiration from one of Beaton's most famous remarks: "Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore."

This new exhibition presents around 65 photographs from The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby's, along with other rarely seen items including some previously unpublished letters from Jackie Kennedy, Evelyn Waugh and Stephen Tennant.

Combined with Cecil Beaton's insightful and witty commentary on many of his subjects, Never a Bore will recreate the essence of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire’s world and dazzling social set.

On display in the New Gallery, the exhibition is included in the normal house admission.