New Life Stories exhibition at Chatsworth

A new exhibition celebrating some of the most famous figures to have graced Chatsworth over the centuries will take centre stage in 2020 at the Derbyshire attraction when it opens on 21st March.

‘Life Stories’ positions the portraits of Chatsworth icons alongside key personal objects to bring their stories to life and influence our thinking about one of Britain’s most historic estates.

Displaying a myriad of paintings and objects from ceramics, jewellery, and drawings, the exhibition examines the lives of the Devonshire family members, staff, friends, politicians, and artists through a selection of portraits and the fascinating objects that survived them.

Characters such as Chatsworth’s founder Bess of Hardwick with her necklace of 1000 pearls, and cellarman Edmund Marsden with a cask end carved with the Cavendish crest sit alongside contemporary figures such as the dancer and actress Adele Astaire, and a bust of the artist Lucian Freud with a set of paints left behind from an unfinished painting in the Sabine bathroom.

‘Life Stories’ runs until 4th October 2020, and a full programme of events, talks and tours runs alongside it.