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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.
Satirical cartoon with the caption: 'On the Duchess of Devonshire's canvassing for Mr. Fox at the Westminster election.
Array'd in matchless beauty, Devon's
In Fox's favour takes a zealous part;
But, oh! where'er the pilferer comes beware,
She supplicates a vote, and steals a heart.'
Charles Fox was her cousin.
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.