Chatsworth has evolved greatly since the creation of the first house by Bess of Hardwick and Sir William Cavendish around 1552. 

Sixteen generations of the Cavendish family have each made their mark on Chatsworth, either through improvements to the house, garden, and wider estate or through the commission and acquisition of art, sculpture, ceramics, literature, jewellery, antiquities, and much more. 

Meet some of the individuals who helped them achieve their ambitions, or whose knowledge, talent, and creativity were a source of inspiration and admiration. 

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