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Exhibition marks Pride and Prejudice anniversary

Keira Knightley starred in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that was filmed at Chatsworth House.
Keira Knightley starred in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that was filmed at Chatsworth House. Credit: PA Wire

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire will open a special exhibition on Saturday 27th July to mark the bicentenary of Jane Austin's classic Pride and Prejudice.

The stately home is widely regarded as Austen's inspiration for Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy. Chatsworth was also used as a setting for the movie starring Keira Knightley.

Old Master drawings at Chatsworth

Leda and the Swan by Leonardo da Vinci
Leda and the Swan by Leonardo da Vinci Credit: Redbrick Communications

Rubens, da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian will be amongst twelve artists whose work will be exhibited at Chatsworth from the beginning of July.

They are part of the Devonshire Collection but have not been exhibited at Chatsworth for over 100 years.

The drawing above shows Leda, wife of the King of Sparta, with the god Jupiter who has taken the form of a swan to seduce her.

The recent refurbishment of the house has allowed the exhibition to take place, because there is now a specially built room with the correct lighting to display the works.

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