Chatsworth (1982)

The Duchess of Devonshire (Deborah Devonshire)

The House: A Portrait of Chatsworth

Published: MacMillan

Date: 1982

pictorial end-papers showing plan of the estate; Chatsworth is celebrated as one of England's stateliest homes; and it is as a home that it is portrayed in this attractive and entertaining book. The Duchess of Devonshire writes with long and practical knowledge and a deep affection for the great house, and with an uninhibited Mitford wit. The portrait begins with an informal account of its history, with some sidelights on the characters of the successive Devonshires who built, adorned and enlarged it; then we have a description of the vast hierarchy of staff, from the comptroller down to the 'odd man' who used to be needed to keep the place going in the twenties and thirties. The duties of the armies of housemaids, laundrymaids and the like are exactly defined and their wages and 'beer money' specified. During the Second World War three hundred evacuated schoolgirls slept in the passages and state rooms, their warm breath in the cold air causing fungus to grow on the backs of the old master paintings. Chatsworth's return to its former glory was slow. The Tenth Duke died in 1950 at the age of fifty-five, and seven years passed before the present Duke and Duchess decided to move into the almost uninhabited house. It took more than three years of hard work to make the place fit for them to do so. Chatsworth is now a going concern, the centre of a busy estate, a home and a worthy setting not only for its old masters, old books and manuscripts, but also for the present Duke's ever-growing collection of modern art and literature. In the second part of the book we are taken on a highly personal tour of the house and grounds by two people who have loved Chatsworth and left their mark on it.

Illustrated
illustrated by b/w. drawings with colour & b/w. photo's.

Condition
Very Good Condition/Dust Jacket is fully intact, but has numerous small scratches to the rear picture.

Binding
Green Cloth

£8

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