Another visit to Chatsworth

It seems like a long time since I added anything to my Blog, and without searching for excuses (like blaming George) I thought I’d update my website with a few photos and a slideshow from this years’ visit to the fabulous Chatsworth Horse Trials.

This return to one of our favourite places was an enjoyable excursion, particularly as we were now able to include George in our adventures. A fabulous and dog-friendly cottage in the Chatsworth Estate was our home for a few days, and inevitably I was able to add to the many photos of Chatsworth, and of this years participants and visitors to the 2019 Trials.

Whilst the weather on the Friday meant that it was a tad muddy under foot, hoof or paw, this didn’t dampen our pleasure of the Chatsworth, especially having a wet room to deal with a muddy mutt when we returned to the cottage. The weather improved for the next couple of days and so did our enjoyment of the Trials, and being in this fabulous part of the world.

The chances are that we will be back to Chatsworth sometime this year as one of this years featured events will be “The Dog: a celebration at Chatsworth”

“This exhibition, conceived by the Duchess of Devonshire, explores the Cavendish family’s enduring love for dogs, through paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, photographs and contemporary art. We’ve sniffed out all of our favourite stories, capturing the idiosyncratic, faithful, endearing and playful character of man’s best friend.

Ranging from historic to present day pieces, specially selected loans from public and private collections will be presented alongside items from the Devonshire Collection, featuring everything from working dogs to woven dogs, dogs on canvas to dogs on camera and from puppets to popular culture.

Star works from Constable, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Landseer sit beside contemporary pieces by Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and on the South Lawn a specially commissioned eight metre high scaffold dog created by Ben Long complete the dogs in art line-up.

The Dog Sculpture by Ben Long

Reviewing the photographs and creating the slideshow has been a delight, albeit that this trip and resulting time in the study has been a bit of a deviation from my attempts to review and post the many photos from our spectacular trip to South Africa and Western Australia earlier this year. That work (and I really shouldn’t call it work) is ongoing and will bear fruit in the form of new galleries and blog posts in the not-too-distant future. So, watch this space and in the meantime click to play and enjoy the slideshow.

Please also feel free to contact me with comments, observations and anything that springs to mind.


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