This post was most recently updated on March 15th, 2019
5th Duke Of Devonshire
The 5th Duke of Devonshire hardly visited Chatsworth but did make one addition to the property – the Blue Drawing Room. In the Regency period, the drawing room had become the centre of the country house and the 5th Duke had architect, Carr of York transform the space into a haven of Louis Seize elegance.
The drawing room was hung with family portraits from every period, an interesting flourish considering the 5th Duke’s own unconventional home life.
In 1774, the 5th Duke married Lady Georgina Spencer but this was not a happy match. Famous for her beauty, wit and active role in politics, the Duchess maddened the Duke with her socialite lifestyle and headstrong ways.
The 5th Duke retaliated by inviting his mistress, Lady Elizabeth Foster to live with the couple creating an uncomfortable menage a trois. After the Duchess’s death, the 5th Duke married Lady Foster.