Monday, July 8, 2019

Treasures from Chatsworth The Exhibition Part 1

I spent the July 4th holiday in the city for a few days, and despite the high temps, enjoyed having the city to myself. It was quite empty, even for the cars, which was awesome but felt a bit weird. I made the trek up to Sotheby's on York Avenue to see the Chatsworth exhibit that just opened. They really did a most splendid job with this, and it will be shown in 2 Parts. The second part will showcase the gorgeous jewels as well as some of the fashion brought from the estate in England. I didn't want to miss out on anything for those who cannot go in person. If you love English history as I do, this is one not to be missed and it is FREE admission. 

I viewed a wonderful documentary about Chatsworth from PBS titled Secrets of Chatsworth and it is on Amazon (for a fee) as well as Netflix (free if you have streaming) which I plan to re-watch now that I have viewed the exhibit. 

There are so many connections within the Chatsworth family, two of the most famous would be the late Diana Spencer being the great-great-great-great niece of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806). The second would be part of the Kennedy family, on May 6, 1944, Kathleen Kennedy(sister to JFK) married William “Billy” Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, whom she had met during her first trip to England in 1938. Billy, Lord Hartington, a member of the British army, was called up on June 13, four weeks after their wedding. He was killed in combat on September 10, 1944. Lady Hartington died on May 13, 1948 in a plane crash in France. She is buried on the Cavendish family burial grounds, in the Church at Edensor outside of Chatsworth, England. 

This digital print was way cool  
Lady Diana Spencer's 4th great aunt 

I just love John Singer Sargent paintings and this one is just lovely. I feel like she is going to blink back at me!  

Secrets of Chatsworth PBS DVD on Netflix streaming

Treasures from Chatsworth - The Exhibition 
June 28 to Sept. 13, 2019
Free and Open to the Public, tickets recommended

Sotheby's Auction House
1334 York Avenue at 1st Avenue

10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday
1pm to 5pm  Sundays

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