Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor (200 Years Ago)

The Duke of Devonshire opened an exhibition at Chatsworth, the Derbyshire country estate, which explores the fascinating life and influence of his inspirational ancestor, the Bachelor Duke.
The exhibition – ‘Britain’s Most Inspirational and Eligible Bachelor’ – charts the life and times of the 6th Duke to mark the bi-centenary of his succession. The longed-for heir of the 5th Duke and infamous Duchess Georgiana, the exhibition reunites the portraits of him and his mother for the first time for over a century – it was his dying wish that they were hung side by side.

An unconventional child of his time, the 6th Duke overcame his melancholic tendencies and confounded expectations to become ‘the most princely of England’s nobility’. This personal and intimate exhibition reveals the personality of the Duke, a sentimental man with a modern imagination who devoted himself to plant collecting, engineering, architecture and art. He loved entertaining and threw lavish house parties and had mistresses but chose never to marry.

The exhibition runs until November 5th in a brand new gallery created from ‘the bachelor apartments’ built by the 6th Duke and is the first of a series of exhibitions changing each year.
To coincide with the exhibition, Chatsworth has launched a Facebook page for the 6th Duke at Using extracts from his diaries to update his status the profile will give everyone an insight into this remarkable man who transformed Chatsworth into the palace it is today.

Chatsworth House, garden, farmyard and adventure playground are open every day through December 23rd. For more information visit

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