World class artworks wow the crowds

Historic:The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire admire the paintings on display at Chatsworth until November 9. Photot: Bruce Rollinson.
Historic:The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire admire the paintings on display at Chatsworth until November 9. Photot: Bruce Rollinson.

FINE ‘world-class’ works of art dating back to the 16th century are wowing visitors to Chatsworth.

The works are on public display for the first time in over 100 years as part of the Devonshire Collection, thought the greatest historic family collection after the Royal Collection at Windsor.

Old master drawings are shown in a new, purpose built cabinet in the ‘World Class: Masterpieces from the Devonshire Collection’ collaboration.

Visitors walk through the most lavish, important rooms in the house to catch a glimpse of the works

They include botanical drawings dating from the 1500s plus works by greats such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Rembrandt.

The drawings start a rolling exhibition drawn from more than 3,000 works, with each displayed for a limited time before it goes into storage for at least three years.

They were previously kept in albums at Devonshire House in London until the 19th century when the 6th Duke of Devonshire brought many of the family’s finest works of Art to Chatsworth.

He removed several hundred from their albums to frame them but the display was dismantled in 1906 to prevent deterioration caused by light and environmental conditions.

Most of the drawings have been in the family since the 1720s.