Pray send me a photograph*

Saturday 22 September4.30pm–5.30pm

In 2018 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award-winning photomontage and performance artist, Linder was Chatsworth’s first ever artist-in-residence. In conversation with Lord Burlington, Linder discusses the varied influences and ideas at work in her Chatsworth exhibition, Her Grace Land.

For over four decades, Linder has created images from found photographs and her photomontages are in public and private collections worldwide. Linder has tried to imagine how Chatsworth could have been depicted through the camera lens rather than through paint on canvas. This in turn led her to re-imagine the history of Chatsworth through all the senses, not just the visual, and to create a “soft architecture” of scent and sound as part of her installation in the house. 

Adopting this polysensory approach to the past, present and future, Linder has already taken the sights, sounds and perfumes of Chatsworth to other institutions – to Nottingham Contemporary, with her House of Fame exhibition and to the Glasgow Women’s Library, with Bower of Bliss and the inaugural Flag and Film she made for the Library as part of the Glasgow International Festival. As Linder sees it, the very essence of Chatsworth is becoming portable and legible to audiences worldwide. 

Lord Burlington studied photography under Jorge Lewinski and worked as a commercial photographer for eight years. Images by Lord Burlington featured in numerous magazines and newspapers and he published two books. He has been fortunate enough to add some photographs to the collection at Chatsworth, acquiring the Lewinski archive of over 400 artists portraits in 2002 as well as a few 19th century images and albums, mostly connected to Chatsworth in some way.


*Joseph Paxton in correspondence with the photographer Francis Edmund Currey, 1853

Linder Sterling credit Emile Holba and Lord Burlington
Linder Sterling credit Emile Holba and Lord Burlington

Banner image: She She, 1981, courtesy of Linder/Stuart Shave and Latona, 2018, Devonshire Collection