"The Duchess" (Pathé Productions) filmed in 2007-at a number of grand locations: Chatsworth, Bath, Clandon Park, Kedleston Hall, Somerset House, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and Holkham Hall. The film starred Keira Knightley as Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire and Ralph Fiennes as the Duke of Devonshire.
Holkham Hall's Marble Hall and the Saloon served in many scenes as the interior of Devonshire House, the London residence of the Duke of Devonshire, no longer in existence. An eighteenth-century country house on the north coast in the county of Norfolk, Holkham Hall's Thomas Coke-"architect earl" met William Kent in Italy & Coke's Hall would become Kent's masterpiece of the Anglo-Palladian ideal.
a scene from The Duchess, played out in Holkham Hall's Marble Hall
Constructed from 1734 to 1764, the 1st Earl of Leicester (Coke) commissioned Kentino-as he was called, to reach for phantasmagorical proportions in the Marble Hall.
to the heights-the ceiling of the Marble Hall
Ceiling & Coiffure-both the Height of Fashion
Kiera Knightley as Georgiana, at left, and right a stipple engraving of Her Grace the Dutchess of Devonshire (Georgiana) after a drawing by her cousin Lady Diana Beauclerk circa 1779. The full engraving measures, plate size, 9 x 7 inches.
Devonshire House was the setting of many brilliant social and political maneuvers involving Lady Georgiana Spencer, William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire and the Whig supporters of statesman Charles James Fox.
In "The Duchess"-Holkham Hall becomes Devonshire House.
Kentino by William Aikman
Britain’s leading architect, furniture designer, theatrical designer and landscape gardener of the second quarter of the 18th century
Holkham Hall was under construction at the time-and Devonshire House would be Kent's first London commission. Rising to the occasion, Kentino created an austere facade for the Duke in the Palladian style-the epitome of sophistication and style, while the interiors were in Kent's flamboyant zest for several period styles. Kent envisioned rooms that would equal the Devonshire art collections, rare books and portfolios. In the Duke's private sitting room his collection of engraved gems, Renaissance and Baroque medallions were housed in a glass case over the chimney piece.
The Ballroom at Devonshire House before the house was destroyed to make way for progress in 1920. Highlighted pieces are associated with Georgiana (here) , from the Attic Sale at Chatsworth in 2010.
William Kent's Saloon at Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall's Saloon in scenes from The Duchess
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