An exhibition of rarely seen photographs of the late Dowager Duchess, Deborah Devonshire and her dazzling social circle, taken by the renowned photographer Cecil Beaton.
Portraits of her circle from the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby’s, come together with rarely seen material from the Devonshire Collection and Archive and insightful and witty commentary from Deborah Devonshire and Cecil Beaton recreating the essence of their world.
From politicians and artists to Hollywood legends, Cecil Beaton captured the 20th century’s most interesting personalities with his camera. An early guest at Chatsworth in 1959 when the family moved in, Beaton was a friend of Deborah Devonshire as were many of his subjects.
The exhibition takes inspiration from one of Beaton's most famous remarks, "Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore."