Explore life of Chatsworth’s bachelor duke

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CHATSWORTH House is hosting a new exhibition from Friday exploring the life of one of its most notable residents.

William Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Devonshire – known as the bachelor duke – inherited his title 200 years ago. The show looks at his achievements and passions, including plant collecting, engineering, architecture and art.

The exhibition reunites portraits of the duke and his mother, Duchess Georgiana, for the first time in more than a century – it was his dying wish that their pictures were hung side by side.

The duke, who never married, greatly expanded the Chatsworth gardens and carried out major alterations to the stately home, as well as rebuilding the village of Edensor. He was also famous for his lavish house parties.

The show, called Britain’s Most Inspirational and Eligible Bachelor, runs until November 5 in a new gallery created from the sixth duke’s apartments.

Chatsworth is launching a Facebook page for the exhibition with diary extracts to update the duke’s profile status.

The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground are open daily until December 23. Visit www.chatsworth.org for more information.