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27 April 2020


The British Murals Network would like to invite you to a walking tour and study day at Chatsworth in Derbyshire on Monday 27 April 2020


Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. The house is renowned for the quality of its art collections that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists.

Between 1686 and 1707, William Cavendish, the first Duke of Devonshire, rebuilt and refurnished the house, employing the most fashionable baroque artists of the day. Antonio Verrio, Louis Laguerre and Sir James Thornhill all worked at Chatsworth, and their painted ceilings and murals survive across the new state and private apartments created for the Duke.

Our visit to Chatsworth will start with an early-morning walking tour, before the house opens to the public - including a rare opportunity to visit Thornhill's work in the Sabine Room and West Stairs. This will be followed by a round-table discussion and a catered lunch, and a further opportunity to explore Chatsworth in the afternoon.

This event has been organised by the British Murals Network as a free event for its members. If you are interested in taking part in the day, please do let us know soon - we will have very limited places available - an email to Brett Dolman registering your interest is all that is required at this point.

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