19 March 2016 to 3 Jan 2017
Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard open 19 March 2016 with a fascinating glimpse into the glittering social circle of Deborah, 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.
“Whether it’s to admire the splendour of the house, explore the garden, meet the animals in the farmyard, enjoy afternoon tea and shopping in the stables, we always look forward to welcoming visitors for the new season.”
Never a Bore: Deborah Devonshire and Her Set by Cecil Beaton
19 March -3 January 2017
Never a Bore is a fascinating collection of rarely seen photographs of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and her glittering social circle, taken by her friend and well known portrait photographer Cecil Beaton. 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The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby's, along with other rarely seen items including some previously unpublished letters from Jackie Kennedy, Evelyn Waugh and Stephen Tennant.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.
The Mortlake Tapestries
Two extremely rare and important 17th century English tapestries will be going back on display at Chatsworth from 19 March following an intensive two-year conservation programme. The important Mortlake Tapestries from the 1630s represent the birth of the English tapestry industry and are based on Renaissance painter Raphael's cartoons of Acts of the Apostles. It is believed that Chatsworth’s tapestries were acquired from the Mortlake workshops by the 3rd Earl of Devonshire (1617-1684) and moved into the State Drawing Room by the 6th Duke (1790-1858). As well as the panel depicting 'Healing of the Lame Man', another section was found folded back behind the seam of the tapestry when the lining was removed. The rehang will see the 'Sacrifice at Lystra' reunited with 'Healing of the Lame Man' covering more than 50 sq metres of the back wall in the State Drawing Room. The further missing half of ‘Healing of the Lame Man’ will also be brought out of storage. This had been conserved previously and hasn’t been seen for a number of years. It will provide a wonderful opportunity to see the tapestries in full.
A Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection
19 March - 23 October 2016
Chatsworth will celebrate the Grand Tour and early continental travel from the perspective of the Devonshire families’ own Grand Tours in an exhibition entitled ‘A Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection’. From the 2nd Earl, in the company of his tutor, the famous philosopher Thomas Hobbes; to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire’s exile on the continent, ‘A Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection’ looks at what they saw, where they went, and what they and their contemporaries bought. The exhibition will show some important works, which are seldom on public view, including works by Canaletto, Domenichino’s ‘Madonna della Rosa’, the sketchbooks of Inigo Jones and Van Dyck and ‘Rome in Ruins’ – an evocative collection of drawings by Sebastian Vrancx, previously unseen at Chatsworth.
The two paintings Canaletto paintings haven’t been on public display in recent memory. They will hang on the West Sketch Gallery from house opening until 23 October 2016.
Venice: a view of the Doge's Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni from the Piazzetta Circa 1729, Canaletto
Venice: a view of Santa Maria della Salute and the entrance to the Grand Canal from the Piazzetta Circa 1729, Canaletto
Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show Comes Home
19 March onwards
Landscape and garden designer Dan Pearson created a beautiful representation of a small – less trodden - part of the 105 acre Chatsworth Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which went on to win ‘Best Show Garden’. In line with Pearson’s passion for naturalism and the wilder side of gardening, the show garden was inspired by Chatsworth’s ornamental Trout stream and Paxton’s rockery. Due to launch in spring 2016, Pearson’s work can be now viewed at Chatsworth itself as part of a regeneration project of the Trout stream area. The plants and rocks used within the show garden - including azalea, Rhododendron loderi, native woodrush, and various ferns sourced from Chatsworth - as well as many of the other plants, benches, decks and the large oak sculpture have now been installed and planted along the Trout stream, with further planting to be added throughout the year. Although many of the items can already be appreciated the area will provide most interest and colour from late spring onwards.
The Capability Brown Festival 2016
During the Capability Brown Festival year marking the 300th anniversary of Britain’s most influential landscape gardener, Chatsworth will have interpretations and explanations of the work he carried out around the 105 acre 18th century garden and parkland. Lancelot Capability Brown's landscape gardens are synonymous with England's green and pleasant land with their seemingly natural rolling hills, curving lakes, flowing rivers and majestic trees. After centuries of stiff, formal and enclosed gardens, Capability Brown transformed landscapes across England in the 18th century using a new natural style, now considered quintessentially English. Chatsworth also has plans to open a new purpose built exhibition space in the Game Larder within the park in spring 2016. The Game Larder will house a permanent exhibition about the development of the landscape, featuring a section on Capability Brown to tie in with the 300 year anniversary. Bookings can now be made for the Lancelot 'Capability' Brown talk and tour on 7 April, 18 June and 17 September 2016.
Masterplan Project Phase Four
Current to November 2017
The final phase of the Masterplan, the monumental renovation and restoration project launched in 2005 with a total value of £32.7million, is now underway with completion scheduled for November 2017. One of the largest projects undertaken by Chatsworth since the 6th Duke built his great North Wing in the 1820s, this fourth phase focuses on the East facade of the house which faces towards the Cascade in the garden, with scaffolding now in place to enable the stone to be cleaned, repointed and conserved. Rotten stones will be removed and replaced with new stone taken from Burntwood Quarry, the location of the stone used to build the North Wing. Once the work is completed, all the facades of the house will appear newly rejuvenated. Other work includes replacing coverings on 23 roofs; installing hundreds of roof vents and thermal insulation; joinery repairs and rebuilding chimney stacks. The Orangery rooflight will be restored and solar and UV film will be applied to the glass to keep the building cool in hot summer months.
New Afternoon Tea Restaurant to Open
Childers is a new restaurant located in the Stables offering an afternoon tea menu on weekends and school holiday periods. Please check the website for specific opening times.
Key 2016 Events
Old Master Drawings Cabinet
19 March - 4 November
The rolling display of Old Master Drawings continues throughout the year and includes works by Sebastian Vrancx, Wenceslaus Hollar and Gaspar van Wittel.
19 March - 10 April
One of the biggest and most popular Easter Egg Hunts in the region, Easter crafts in the barn and a ride on the magical Easter Eggspress are just some of the treats in store for those who visit Chatsworth this Easter as the estate opens up for the new season. There's something for visitors of all ages to enjoy, from free face painting in Flora’s Temple to egg hunt trails in the house and garden and of course, the chance to spot the Easter Bunny who will be hopping by to deliver treats every day of the Easter weekend (25-28 March).
The Dodson & Horrell International Horse Trials
13 - 15 May 2016
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials is three days of thrilling equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth. Visitors will enjoy world class competition, from elegant dressage, to exciting show jumping and thrilling cross country. There will also be entertainment and activities for the whole family, and the shopping village with more than 100 high quality trade stands.
Half term fun - Water spectacular
28 May - 5 June
24 - 28 June
Concerts in the garden
15 & 16 July
Summer at Chatsworth
23 July - 1 September
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men - Much Ado About Nothing outdoor theatre
Chatsworth Country Fair
2 - 4 September
Sotheby’s Beyond Limits
10 September - 30 October
Now firmly established as one of the leading events in the artistic calendar, Sotheby’s Beyond Limits showcases the work of artists from all over the world, in the
The Chatsworth Festival - Art Out Loud
23 - 25 September
Half term Halloween fun
22 - 30 October
5 & 6 November
Christmas at Chatsworth
5 November - 3 January
See the house transformed in this year’s festive theme.
12 - 30 November
For more information and ticketing options, including free parking for all online bookings, visit www.chatsworth.org
Notes to editors:
Images available upon request. There is also a time lapse video of the Trout stream garden creation available for media usage.
The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public.
The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. www.treasurehouses.co.uk
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.
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