Treasures from Chatsworth: Lucian Freud's Woman in a White Shirt

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Collecting runs in the veins of the Dukes of Devonshire. Successive generations have filled the family seat at Chatsworth in Derbyshire with treasures from around the world resulting in what is now a riot of different tastes, eras, colours and styles.

The 16th-century stately home is full of surprises. In the corridor between The Painted Hall and the chapel are both Egyptian figures dating from 1386-1349 BC and contemporary pots by acclaimed ceramic artist Edmund de Waal. In the State Drawing Room you'll find 17th century tapestries while on the lawn you might see an Elizabeth Frink sculpture.

To celebrate the array of incredible objects, London auction house Sotheby's has commissioned a series of 13 short films, each focussing on one of Chatsworth most prized treasures. In this first episode, the Duke speaks of his beloved mother, Deborah Devonshire (née Mitford), and the revealing portrait that Lucian Freud did of her in 1957.

Look out for new episodes on H&A TV each week.

To learn more about Sotheby's 'Treasures from Chatsworth' series, click here

Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. 01246 565300; chatsworth.org

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