Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now

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No house embodies the spirit of one dynasty better than Chatsworth. Set in an unspoilt Derbyshire valley, surrounded by wild moorland, and home to the Cavendish family for more than four hundred years, this treasure house is filled with works of art and objects that have all, in their time, represented the very best of the new. ‘Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now’ tells the story of this extraordinary house through seven ‘scenes’ in its life which provide the book’s narrative structure; running alongside is a stunning photographic portrait of the house and its collections at this most optimistic point in its history.

ISBN: 9780241461914 Author: Devonshire, Peregrine Andre Publisher: Particular Books Publication Date: 21st October 2021 Imprint: Particular Books Cover: Hardback Dewey: 728.8094251 (edition:23) Pages: 420 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , , ,

A stunningly original portrait of one of England’s grandest country houses

No house embodies the spirit of one dynasty better than Chatsworth. Set in an unspoilt Derbyshire valley, surrounded by wild moorland, and home to the Cavendish family for sixteen generations, this treasure house is filled with works of art and objects – from Nicolas Poussin’s The Arcadian Shepherds and Antonio Canova’s Endymion to great contemporary paintings by Lucian Freud and David Hockney – which have all, in their time, represented the very best of the new. As Stoker Cavendish, the twelfth Duke of Devonshire, likes to point out: ‘Everything was new once.’

Following the completion of a decade-long programme of renovations, the exterior of Chatsworth is gleaming, its stone façade newly cleaned and its window frames freshly gilded. Inside, through the inspired juxtaposition of old and modern, its rooms fizz with creative energy. Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now tells the story of this extraordinary place through seven scenes from its life, alongside a stunning photographic portrait of the house and its collections, captured at a moment of high optimism in its long history.

With a foreword by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

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