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Her Grace, Lady Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, 1783
Miss Frances Webb
Published: 7 February 1814
About this image
Lady Georgiana Spencer (1757-1806) was wife to the Fifth Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish and was a celebrated socialite; the 2008 film, The Duchess, starring Keira Knightly, was based on her life.
The Cavendish family have lived at Chatsworth since the mid-sixteenth century.
Drawn from an original painting by Thomas Gainsborough in the possession of His Grace, the Present Duke.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.