19 March 2016 - 3 January 2017

Never a Bore is a fascinating collection of rarely seen and intimate photographs of the late Dowager Duchess, Deborah 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." Beaton was an early house guest of the Devonshires when they moved to Chatsworth in 1959, and captured many candid and relaxed portraits of his friend, Deborah Devonshire.

Renowned for his images of glamour, elegance and style, Cecil Beaton photographed many of the 20th century's most interesting personalities, from politicians and artists to Hollywood legends.

This new exhibition presents around 65 photographs from The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby's, along with other rarely seen items from the Chatsworth archive.

Combined with Cecil Beaton's insightful and witty commentary on many of his subjects, Never a Bore will recreate the essence of the Duchess's world and dazzling social set.

On display in the New Gallery, the exhibition is included in the normal house admission.

For more information and ticketing options, visit www.chatsworth.org


Notes to editors:

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 MI, 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.

For further information or images please contact:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

Redbrick Communications

0115 910 1500



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