A twenty-first century Renaissance

Chatsworth and the Devonshires

6 October 2021

Digby Hall, Sherborne at 3 pm and 7 pm


Chatsworth detail

hatsworth sculpture

Chatsworth facade

Chatsworth has undergone a renaissance under the leadership of first, the 11th, and now the 12th, Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This lecture paints a portrait of the Devonshire’s treasure house in the modern age, illustrating the extensive decorative and furnishing renovations and the restoration of historic interiors and works of art. The lecture also includes work by modern artists in the collection at Chatsworth including Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, David Hockney and others

Simon Seligman

Lecturer: Simon Seligman

Studied art and architectural history at Warwick University, including a semester in Venice. Also Graduate of the Attingham Summer school. From 1991 until 2010, worked at Chatsworth, in a variety of roles, latterly as Head of Communications. Has lectured about Chatsworth, the Devonshire Collection and associated topics, throughout the UK and on several US tours (including the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery of Art). Gave numerous public presentations and interviews with the late Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. Alongside his lecturing, working part time for John Ruskin’s charity the Guild of St George, a trustee of three arts festivals, and a Life Coach in private practice