THE DEVONSHIRE INHERITANCE: Five Centuries of Collecting at Chatsworth
Guest Curator: Nicolas Barker Former Deputy Keeper of the British Library Additional scholars involved.
Chatsworth, home of the Cavendish family as well as the Earls and then Dukes of Devonshire since the 16th century, contains one of the most important private art collections in England and the world's greatest private library. This exhibition focuses on the family's private collection of objects that are rarely exhibited -- precious cabinet paintings, old master drawings, masterpieces of the great gold-and-silversmiths, gems and jewelry, natural curiosities, scientific instruments, and important books and manuscripts -- assembled over nearly 500 years. Approximately 250 pieces illustrate the growth of the Chatsworth collection and successive generations' changing tastes as well as explore the way of life of those that have lived and entertained friends and the public in this great house.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis, TN) Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (Las Vegas, NV) Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts (New York, NY) Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL) Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL) Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX)
April 27 - August 17, 2003 September 13 - February 8, 2004 March 10 - June 20, 2004 August 14 - November 7, 2004 December 7 - January 16, 2005 March 26 - June 19, 2005 July 16 - October 8, 2005