During the 1820s, William Henry Hunt produced for the 6th Duke of Devonshire a number of elaborate watercolours of interior views of his various houses. While most of these focus on the rich and grand interiors of these houses, they also include this view of the new kitchen at Chatsworth.

This image was later used by the 6th Duke to illustrate his 'Handbook to Chatsworth and Hardwick' (1844), in which he describes the space:

'The kitchen itself is handsome and spacious, and contains steam-cupboards, and a hot steam-table; and wood is the sole fuel employed in the huge grate, as well as coke for the steam contrivances, which, diminishing the quantity of blacks, must add greatly to the cleanliness of the place'.

Today, the kitchen is used as the joiners' shop.

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