Friday 23 September
Viewing the Devonshire Collection through a dozen objects
Built up over 15 generations the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth represents one of the largest and most important private collections in Britain. It contains some 30,000 objects (not including the books and the archives). In size they range from a gigantic marble foot formerly belonging to an Antique monumental statue (150-50BC) to a diary in the tiny handwriting of Inigo Jones from the 17th century and an 18th century silver filigree miniature carriage. The Collection is home to works across several centuries from Old Master drawings including those by Leonardo da Vinci and Titian and in to the present day with site specific works such as Edmund de Waal’s ceramic installation “Sounding Line” (2006) and Michael Craig Martin’s digital portrait of Laura, Countess of Burlington (2010).
For the last 10 years, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire have been making significant additions to the Collection through collecting and commissioning. The Duke and Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Chief Art Critic of The Times, will discuss the Devonshire Collection through a detailed examination of a dozen objects which reflect the breadth of the collection and which most appeal to him.