On a beautiful April day I had a treat, a pretty big treat, a trip to Chatsworth House. I havnt been before, for which I have no excuse. Anyway, here is a collection of photographs which illustrate why I went and my favourite parts. The rest of my photographs are here, but this blog post brings my thoughts together.
This is a famous view, and well worth the walk down the long pond to the end, where the house looks tiny but you can get a great selfie, with the house on your shoulder.
This was one of the funnier parts of my day, its a shame that Mr Darcy has been relegated to the gift shop after the sculpture appeared in the sculpture room in the 2005 P&P, now he stands in a corner with the Jane Austin merch. I wish he had been deposited somewhere around the house, perhaps the staff could move him around once a week. I would recommend that they sell mini versions of Mr Darcy's bust.
In the sculpture room there are a fair few busts and figures Crammed into a room that perhaps isn't all that suitable and that's half the charm, there are also loads and loads of busts dotted throughout the house, but the larger more recognisable ones are here. I am currently pre occupied with marble statues, busts and marble faces and the area from the top lip to the bust line. It is a touch fetishistic.
The romance, oh gosh the romance. Its why I went, that and the sculpture room, the marble and the struck static figures in a house, not a museum. The glimpses of film set and location. That bit where Mr Darcy helps Miss Bennet into her carriage followed by the flex of his hand when he lets go of hers, the memory of touch. It's my favourite part in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice and it actually doesn't happen here at all, but all of the period films and tv dramas get muddled up and moulded into one old romantic location for love, romance, misunderstandings, the unrequited and the scandalous and that place seems to be here.