Blue-blooded DNA will be on display at stately home

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There will be blue blood on the walls when Peak District treasure Chatsworth House marks the heritage of its owners.

The DNA of the estate’s Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will form part of a new art installation in the North Sketch gallery.

Samples have been taken from the couple and their heirs and a depiction of each of their DNA strands will feature alongside portraits which capture each of their personalities.

The gallery will be transformed into an entirely ceramic room as part of the work, designed by artist Jacob van der Beugel.

Each of the ochre panels being used in the jigsaw-like creation can only fit in one place.

Work is already under way on the room, which is set to open to visitors in March next year.

A spokeswoman for Chatsworth House said: “Van der Beugel came up with the concept for an entire ceramic space embedded with the Devonshire family’s DNA after several discussions with the family.

“The Duke and Duchess and the Chatsworth House Trust commissioned him to create the most important art installation at Chatsworth since the 6th Duke of Devonshire’s sculpture gallery. This presents a major artistic and technical challenge.”