Chatsworth exhibition shows private side of ‘Debo’

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A new exhibition, displaying rarely-seen and intimate photographs of the late Dowager Duchess, Deborah Devonshire, is to go on display at Chatsworth House.

The ‘Never A Bore’ collection will feature images of ‘Debo’ - the youngest of the legendary six Mitford sisters - and her close social circle, taken by her friend and well-known portrait photographer Cecil Beaton. 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. The new exhibition presents 65 photographs from The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby’s, along with other rarely seen items from the Chatsworth archive.

The exhibition will open in the New Gallery on March 19.