Chatsworth to exhibit Cecil Beaton photographers of Deborah Devonshire

Duchess of Devonshire, December 1949 ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.jpgNever 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, at Chatsworth House, 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.” Beaton was an early house guest of the Devonshires when they moved to Chatsworth in 1959, and captured many candid and relaxed portraits of his friend, Deborah Devonshire.

Renowned for his images of glamour, elegance and style, Cecil Beaton photographed many of the 20th century’s most interesting personalities, from politicians and artists to Hollywood legends.

Mrs Reginald Fellowes, the Beistegui Ball, Venice, 1951. ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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, from March 19 until September, is included in the normal house admission.

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Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth, July 1960. ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.