This list has been compiled to help anyone who would like to read more about Chatsworth and the Cavendish family.

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  • Some of the books and articles in the list are no longer in print.
  • Chatsworth is unable to lend copies or help in the search for out-of-print publications.
  • Some of the most recent and important books on Chatsworth, the family and other historical figures associated with the estate are available online.

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Articles or books on Chatsworth

Barnatt, John and Tom Williamson, Chatsworth: A Landscape History (Windgather Press, 2005)

Barnatt, John and Nicola Bannister, The Archaeology of a Great Estate: Chatsworth and Beyond (Windgather Press, 2009)

Brighton, Trevor, 'Chatsworth's 16th Century Parks and Gardens', Garden History, 23.1 (1995) 2955

Cornforth, John, 'Making a present of the past', Country Life (07 April 1994), 68–71

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, The House: a portrait of Chatsworth (Macmillan, 1982)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, The Estate: a view from Chatsworth (Macmillan, 1990)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Treasures of Chatsworth: a private view (Constable, 1991)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Farm Animals: based on the Farmyard at Chatsworth (Kyle Cathie, 1991)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, The Garden at Chatsworth (Francis Lincoln, 1999)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Chatsworth: The House (Frances Lincoln, 2002)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Round about Chatsworth (Frances Lincoln, 2005)

Girouard, Mark, 'Elizabethan Chatsworth' Country Life (22 Nov 1973), 1668–1672

Jackson-Stops, Gervase, 'Duke of Creation', Country Life (07 April 1994), 5257

Lees-Milne, James and John Cornforth, 'Chatsworth: home of the Dukes of Devonshire', Country Life (1968)
NB. 9 articles published: 11, 18, 25 April, 2 May, 18, 25 July, 1, 29 August, 5 September 1968

Naylor, Diane, The Chatsworth Villages: Beeley, Edensor & Pilsley (Landmark Publishing, 2005)

Park, Nancie, School Days at Chatsworth: a personal memoir of the war years (Derbyshire Countryside Ltd, 1994)

Pevsner, Nikolaus, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, 2nd edn (Penguin, 1978), 126139

Robinson, Christine, Chatsworth - The Housekeeper's Tale (Bannister Publications, 2014)

Thompson, Francis, Chatsworth: a short history (London: Country Life, 1951)

Venison, Tony, 'Paradise Maintained', Country Life (07 April 1994), 6265

Worsley, Giles, 'Second House, Best Grouse', Country Life (07 April 1994), 5861

Articles or books on the Cavendish family

Barker, Nicolas, and others, The Devonshire Inheritance: Five Centuries of Collecting at Chatsworth (USA: Art Services International, 2003)

Blunt, Anthony, Treasures from Chatsworth: The Devonshire Inheritance (Washington: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1979)

Cannadine, David, 'The Landowner as millionaire: the finances of the Dukes of Devonshire c.1800c.1926', Agricultural History Review (1977), 7797
NB. Reprinted in: Cannadine, David, Aspects of Aristocracy (Yale, 1994; Penguin, 1995)

Cannadine, David, Lords and Landlords; the aristocracy and the towns, 17741967 (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1980) 229388 (The Devonshire family and Eastbourne)

James, Patrick, 'An element of luck', Country Life (07 April 1994), 7273

Pearson, John, Stags and Serpents: the story of the House of Cavendish and the Dukes of Devonshire (Macmillan, 1983; Paperback 2002)

Individual biographies


Durant, David N., Bess of Hardwick: portrait of an Elizabethan dynasty (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1977; Reprinted P. Owen Ltd., 1999)

Durant, David N., Arbella Stuart (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1978)

Gristwood, Sarah, Arbella: England's Lost Queen (Bantam Press, 2003)

Lovell, Mary S., Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth (Little Brown, 2005)

Plowden, Alison, Mistress of Hardwick (London: BBC, 1972)

Williams, E. C., Bess of Hardwick (London: Longmans, 1959)


Berry, A. J., Henry Cavendish: his life and scientific work (London: Hutchinson, 1960)

Brown, P. D. and K. Schweizer (eds), The Devonshire Diary: William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire, Memoranda on State of Affairs 17591762 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1982)

Calder-Marshall, A., The Two Duchesses (London: Hutchinson, 1978)

Chapman, Caroline and Jane Dormer, Elizabeth & Georgiana: The Duke of Devonshire and his two Duchesses (London: John Murray, 2002)

Foreman, Amanda, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (HarperCollins, 1998)

Foreman, Amanda, Georgiana's World, The Illustrated Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (HarperCollins, 2001)

Foster, Elizabeth, Children of the mist: a true and informal account of an eighteenth-century scandal (London: Hutchinson, 1960)

Gleeson, Janet, An Aristocratic Affair; The life of Georgiana's sister, Harriet Spencer, Countess of Bessborough (London: Bantam Press, 2006)

Jungnickel, Christine and Russell Mccormmach, Cavendish: The Experimental Life (Bucknell: Pennsylvania, 1999; revised edn. 2001)

Masters, Brian, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (Hamish Hamilton, 1981; Reprinted: Allison & Busby, 1997)
Spencer, Charles, The Spencer Family (London: Penguin, 2000)
Stuart, D. M., Dearest Bess: the life and times of Lady Elizabeth Foster afterwards Duchess of Devonshire (London: Methuen, 1955)

Vere Brabazon Ponsonby Bessborough, Earl of (ed.), Georgiana: extracts from the correspondence of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (London: John Murray, 1955)


Jackson, Patrick, The Last of the Whigs: A Political Biography of Lord Hartington, later Eighth Duke of Devonshire (18331908) (Associated University Presses, 1994)

Lees-Milne, James, The Bachelor Duke: William Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, 17901858 (John Murray, 1991)

Murphy, Sophia, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1984)

Vane, Henry, Affair of State: A biography of the 8th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (London: Peter Owen, 2004)


Downie, Jill, Storming the Castle (Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1998)
NB. Deals partially with the 9th Duke of Devonshire and Duchess Evelyn

Duke of Devonshire, Andrew, Park Top, A Romance of the Turf (London: London Magazine Editions, 1976; paperback John Murray, 2000)

Duke of Devonshire, Andrew, Accidents of Fortune (Norwich: Michael Russell Publishing, 2004)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Counting my Chickens and other Home Thoughts (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Memories of Andrew Devonshire (Landmark Publishing, 2007)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor (London: John Murray, 2008)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Home to Roost . . . and Other Peckings (London: John Murray, 2009)

Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, Wait for Me!...Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)

Guinness, Jonathan, The House of Mitford (Phoenix, 2004)

Lovell, Mary S., The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family (Abacus, 2002)

Mosley, Charlotte (ed.), The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters (Fourth Estate, 2007)

Sir Joseph Paxton

Chadwick, G. F., The Works of Sir Joseph Paxton, 18031865 (London: The Architectural Press, 1961)

Chadwick, G. F., 'Paxton and the Great Stove', Architectural History, 4 (1961), 77 - 92

Colquhoun, Kate, A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton (London and New York: Fourth Estate, 2003)

French, Y., The Great Exhibition, 1851 (London: 1950)

Hobhouse, C., 1851 and the Crystal Palace, 2nd edn. (London: John Murray, 1950)

Works of art, books and archives at Chatsworth

Barker, Nicolas, and others, The Devonshire Inheritance: Five Centuries of Collecting at Chatsworth (USA: Art Services International, 2003)

Blunt, Anthony, Treasures from Chatsworth: The Devonshire Inheritance (Washington: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1979)

Boschung, Dietrich, Henner Von Hesberg and Andreas Linfert, Die antiken Skulpturen in Chatsworth: sowie in Dunham Massey und Withington Hall (Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 1997)

Hall, Michael, 'Changes at Chatsworth: Interview with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire', Apollo, Vol. 167 no. 555 (June 2008) 2226

Jaffé, Michael, Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (British Museum Press, 1993)

Jaffé, Michael, The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawings, A Complete Catalogue, 4 vols. (Phaidon Press, 1994)

Jaffé, Michael, The Devonshire Collection of Northern European Drawings, A Complete Catalogue, 5 vols. (Umberto Allemandi, 2002)

Lewinski, Jorge, Portrait of the Artist: 25 years of British Art (Carcanet, 1987)

Murphy, Sophia, The Mitford Family Album (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985)

Noble, Charles and Alison Yarrington, ''Like a poet's dreams': The redisplay of the 6th Duke of Devonshire's Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth', Apollo, Vol. 170 no. 570 (Nov. 2009) 4653 (PDF)

Obee, Hannah, 'The Golden Age Returns', Apollo, Vol. 167 no. 555 (June 2008) 6067 (PDF)

Obee, Hannah, 'Baroque Exuberance: delft flower vases at Chatsworth', Apollo, Vol. 167 no. 555 (June 2008) 9097 (PDF)

Orgel, Stephen & Roy Strong, Inigo Jones: The Theatre of the Stuart Court, 2 vols. (London, Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications Ltd; Berkeley & Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1973)

Packer, William, Portrait of the Artist: Photographs by Jorge Lewinski (Royal Academy of Arts, 2005)

Scarisbrick, Diana, 'All that glistens', Country Life (07 April 1994), 6667

Sotheby's, Beyond Limits, Sotheby's at Chatsworth: A Private Sale Offering (Sotheby's, 2006)

Sotheby's, Beyond Limits, Sotheby's at Chatsworth: A Private Sale Offering (Sotheby's, 2007)

Sotheby's, Beyond Limits, Sotheby's at Chatsworth: A Private Sale Offering (Sotheby's, 2008)

Sotheby's, Beyond Limits, Sotheby's at Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition (Sotheby's, 2009)

Sotheby's, Beyond Limits, Sotheby's at Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition (Sotheby's, 2010)

Sotheby's, Beyond Limits, Sotheby's at Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition (Sotheby's, 2011)

Westman, Annabel, 'A Royal Bed at Chatsworth: the puzzle of the 4th Duke's perquisite', Apollo, Vol. 167 no. 555 (June 2008) 6875 (PDF)

Yarrington, Alison, ''Under Italian skies,' the 6th Duke of Devonshire, Canova and the formation of the Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth House', Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, 10 (2009), 4162 (PDF)

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