AboutNever a Bore is a fascinating collection of rarely seen and intimate photographs of the late Dowager Duchess, Deborah Devonshire, and her glittering social circle, taken by her friend and well known portrait photographer Cecil Beaton. The exhibition takes its inspiration from one of Beaton's most famous remarks: "Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore." This new exhibition presents around 65 photographs from The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby's, along with other rarely seen items from the Chatsworth archive. Combined with Cecil Beaton's insightful and witty commentary on many of his subjects, Never a Bore will recreate the essence of the Duchess's world and dazzling social set. On display in the New gallery, the exhibition is included in house admission.
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- Children welcome
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Map & Directions
Chatsworth is 8 miles north of Matlock off the B6012. From M1 take A617 to Chesterfield. From Chesterfield follow signs for Chatsworth A619. Continue for 8 miles through the village of Baslow. Pass Cavendish Hotel on left, at roundabout, take 1st exit signed Chatsworth. Follow road for approx 1½ miles to Chatsworth Estate. Cross cattle grid and take next left to Chatsworth House.
The nearest railway station is Chesterfield, which is 10 miles away.