We had already arranged to go and see Patrick Kinmonth’s fashion exhibition in Chatsworth, but being in the neighbourhood, gave ourselves a sneak preview.   The state rooms on the second floor have all been blackened out in order to provide a theatrical installation of the ball gowns and state apparel of the Victorian Dukes, interspersed with the extravagant fashion outfits worn by Stella Tennant when she was a model:-

I preferred the gloomy Roman portrait busts:-

I was pleased to see the accounts of the second Duke’s grand tour in 1689 to 1691 as he travelled down through Germany, presumably to keep out of the way of events back home, while Chatsworth was being built:-

I liked the stiff collars of the eighth Duke:-

And it’s always a treat to see the Chapel, with its rich reredos, with a figure of Justice by Caius Gabriel Cibber:-


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