Duke of Devonshire to Discuss Family's Extensive Collection, Estate

Dallas, TX, July 15, 2005—The Duke of Devonshire will discuss the exquisite collection of his venerable family’s country estate at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 31, at Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant in the Dallas Museum of Art. Admission is $10 for the public, $5 for DMA members, and free for DMA Donor Circle members, Friends of Fine and Decorative Art and students. For reservations, call 214-922-1826.

The lecture, The History of the Cavendish Family and Life at Chatsworth with The 12th Duke of Devonshire, coincides with the Tyler Museum of Art’s exhibition The Devonshire Inheritance: Five Centuries of Collecting at Chatsworth, on view July 30 through October 23. The lecture is held in partnership with the Tyler Museum of Art.

The Duke’s lecture will bring the collection to life and review the key people who have helped create and hold together this unique world-renowned collection.

The great Chatsworth country house has been the primary home of the Cavendish family—first Earls and then Dukes of Devonshire—since the 16th century. Immense wealth and advantageous marriages brought them extraordinary treasures of every kind, from every period and region in the world. The Tyler Museum of Art exhibition highlights the family’s private collection, which is not normally on view to the public.

The Duke of Devonshire will offer a glimpse into the private Chatsworth holdings, which include rare cabinet paintings, old master and architectural drawings, goldsmith and silversmith masterpieces, porcelain, clocks, gems and jewelry, natural curiosities, scientific instruments and mechanical devices, early photographs and antique books and manuscripts that comprise one of the greatest private libraries in the world.

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