Jeffry Wyatville, doubling the size of the house. It ends at the Belvedere Tower seen above.
One enters the house through the Painted Hall, seen below, which is accessed from the courtyard.
W. H. Romaine-Walker.
The chapel is paneled in cedar with Ashford black marble columns which were mined from nearby quarries.
The ceiling of the chapel was painted at the time of its' construction (1688 till 1693) and depicts scenes from the life of Christ by John Laguerre.
The library was installed by the 6th Duke into a space built as the 'long gallery' by the 1st Duke. It still wasn't large enough for his always-expanding library and they overflow into adjoining rooms.
Jean Tijou, a French ironworker, who worked for William III.
Which guest room would you want to stay in? I hope you like the color green!
The Oak Stair was added in the 19th century to help the flow through the house. It is topped with a glass dome for natural light and features portraits of the first 11 Dukes and their families.
No doubt you saw the movie "The Duchess" (2008) and know the complicated story there; if not I highly recommend it!
The state apartments were lavishly decorated by the 1st Duke for the use of William III and his Queen Mary after they ascended the throne, but they never visited! Notice the contemporary Lockheed Lounge chair by Marc Newson at the end of the state bed!
The Great Chamber, part of the suite of State Apartments, features a ceiling by the painter Antonio Verrio.
The richness of these rooms was of course meant to endear the Devonshires to their majestys and impress them with their wealth. They were to be contemporaries, not mere underlings.
The patronage of great artists continues to this day -above are the famous portraits by Lucian Freud.
These amazing wood carvings are often mistaken to be the work of Grinling Gibbons but are actually the work of another artist, Samuel Watson. The Devonshire patronage has kept artists employed for centuries and that continues to this day.STAY at Chatsworth? Not in the house itself sadly but in one of many outbuildings, including the amazing Hunting Tower (future birthday trip for myself?)! Thanks to Neil as always for sharing his beautiful pictures with us all!
For more information be sure to check out the 2007 article on Chatsworth at Architectural Digest.