Mon 1 January 0001 - Sat 16 October 2021
Please note that if you are an Arts Society Cardiff member this on demand lecture is FREE, just enter the promo code sent to you via your Arts Society Cardiff membership.
About October's lecture
‘THE MOST DISSOLUTE MAN IN LONDON’: THE 1ST DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE AND THE BUILDING OF CHATSWORTH
Aristocrat, politician, rake and revolutionary. William Cavendish, 4th Earl and 1st Duke of Devonshire, is certainly one of the most colourful of seventeenth century noblemen. So wicked was he that an Italian visitor to Restoration England described him as ’the most dissolute man in London’. Yet Cavendish is also remembered as one of the great saviours of English civil liberties, part of a small group of aristocrats who overthrew James II and brought William of Orange and constitutional monarchy to the throne. In addition, he remodelled his Elizabethan family seat and transformed it into one of our greatest country houses and a monument to his success, Chatsworth in Derbyshire. This is a lecture on depravity, politics and fine architecture, as we look at Cavendish’s morals, his political redemption and his wonderful house and gardens.
About the lecturer
Dr Gillian White specialises in the history and visual arts of late medieval and sixteenth-century England. After beginning her career at the Warwickshire Museum, she then worked for the National Trust as Curator/Collections Manager at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, about which she wrote her PhD at Warwick University. Since that she taught part-time at Leicester University in the Centre for the Study of the Country House and continues to teach History of Art in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University and elsewhere.
About Arts Society Cardiff
Arts Society Cardiff has been meeting regularly at Chapter for many years via their popular illustrated lectures series with knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. Alongside these, they also offer study day events, educational visits and cultural holidays that aim to bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. You can find out more and join the society here.
Free for members with promo code, £5 for non-members
This recorded lecture is available to watch from Friday 15 October noon until Saturday 16 October 6pm.