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A reading list on Chatsworth and the Cavendish Family


This list has been compiled to help anyone who is seeking further information on Chatsworth and the Cavendish family. The lists are in chronological order, by date of first publication. Please note that many of the books and articles in the list are no longer in print. Chatsworth is unable to lend copies or help in the search for out-of-print publications, although some of the most recent and important books on Chatsworth, the family and other historical figures associated with the estate are available online.


1. Articles or books on Chatsworth
2. Articles or books on the Cavendish Family
3. Individual biographies
4. Sir Jospeh Paxton

1.Articles or books on Chatsworth

GLOVER, Stephen The Peak Guide. Derby: Henry Mozley, 1830.(Chatsworth: pp. 17-52)
ADAM, W The gem of the Peak. London: Longman, 1838. (Chatsworth pp. 75-109)
DEVONSHIRE, 6th Duke of Handbook of Chatsworth and Hardwick. London: Privately printed, 1844. (See also Duchess of Devonshire: The House, below)
JEWITT, Llewellyn Chatsworth. Buxton: J C Bates, 1872.
FIENNES, Celia Through England on a side saddle in the Time of William and Mary. London: Field & Tuer, 1888. (New illustrated edition, Macdonald, 1982). (Chatsworth: pp. 78-81)
TIPPING, H Avray. Four numbers of ‘Country Life’ containing the History of Chatsworth. (5, 12, 19 & 26 Jan 1918)
THOMPSON, Francis A History of Chatsworth: being a supplement to the Sixth Duke of Devonshire’s Handbook. London: Country Life, 1949.
THOMPSON, Francis Chatsworth: a short history. London: Country Life, 1951.
LEES-MILNE, James & CORNFORTH, John Chatsworth: home of the Dukes of Devonshire. (9 articles in.‘Country Life’, 11, 18 & 25 April, 2 May, 18 & 25 July, 1 & 29 August, 5 September 1968)
GIROUARD, Mark Elizabethan Chatsworth. ‘Country Life’ 22 Nov 1973, pp 1668-72.
ORGEL, Stephen & STRONG, Roy Inigo Jones:The Theatre of the Stuart Court, 2 vols., London, Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications Ltd; Berkeley & Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1973
PEVSNER, Nikolaus The Buildings of England: Derbyshire. 2nd ed. Penguin, 1978 (Chatsworth: pp. 126-139).
11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE The House: a portrait of Chatsworth. Macmillan, 1982. (Incorporates passages from the 6th Duke of Devonshire’s Handbook, above) Paperback 1992.
JAFFÉ, Michael The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawings, A Complete Catalogue, 4 vols. Phaidon Press, 1994.
BRIGHTON, Trevor Chatsworth’s 16th Century Parks and Gardens. ‘Garden History’, vol. 23 no. 1 (summer 1995) pp. 29-55.
11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE The Estate: a view from Chatsworth. Macmillan 1990.Paperback 1994
11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE Treasures of Chatsworth: a private view. Constable 1991.
11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE Farm Animals: based on the Farmyard at Chatsworth. (For children) Kyle Cathie 1991.
BOSCHUNG, Dietrich Von Hesberg, Henner & Linfert, Andreas: Die antiken Skulpturen in Chatsworth, Mainz am Rhein, Verlag Philipp von Zabern,1997

11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE The Garden at Chatsworth. Francis Lincoln 1999. Paperback 2001.
11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE Chatsworth The House. Frances Lincoln 2002.
JAFFÉ, Michael The Devonshire Collection of Northern European Drawings, A Complete Catalogue, 5 vols. Umberto Allemandi, 2002.
11th DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE Round about Chatsworth, Frances Lincoln, 2005.
BARNETT & WILLIAMSON, John & Tom Chatsworth: A Landscape History, Windgather Press, 2005.
NAYLOR, Diane The Chatsworth Villages: Beeley, Edensor & Pilsley, Landmark Publishing, 2005.


2. Articles or books on the Cavendish Family

KENNET, White Memoirs of the Family of Cavendish. London: 1708
COLLINS, Arthur Memoirs of the noble family of Cavendish, Dukes of Devonshire. London: 1741.
GROVE, Joseph The lives of all the Earls and Dukes of Devonshire. London: 1764.
BICKLEY, Francis The Cavendish Family. London: Constable, 1911.
STOKES, Hugh The Devonshire House Circle. London: Herbert Jenkins Ltd., 1917
CANNADINE, David The Landowner as millionaire: the finances of the Dukes of Devonshire c. 1800 - c 1926. Agricultural History Review, 1977, pp. 77-97 (Reprinted in: CANNADINE, D. Aspects of Aristocracy, Yale, 1994; Penguin, 1995).
CANNADINE, David Lords and Landlords; the aristocracy and the towns, 1774-1967 Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1980. (The Devonshire family and Eastbourne: pp. 229-388).
TREASURES from Chatsworth The Devonshire Inheritance. Washington: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1979. (Contains much biographical material). Exhibition catalogue.
PEARSON, John Stags and Serpents: the story of the House of Cavendish and the Dukes of Devonshire. Macmillan, 1983. Revised paperback edition 2002.
BARKER, Nicolas, and others The Devonshire Inheritance: Five Centuries of Collecting at Chatsworth. USA: Art Services International, 2003. Exhibition Catalogue; also contains much biographical material.

3. Individual Biographies

DURANT, David N. Bess of Hardwick: portrait of an Elizabethan dynast. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1977 (Reprinted P. Owen Ltd. 1999)
PLOWDEN, Alison Mistress of Hardwick. London: BBC, 1972.
RAWSON, M. S Bess of Hardwick and her circle. London: Hutchinson, 1912.
LOVELL, Mary S Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth, Little, Brown, 2005
WILLIAMS, E. C Bess of Hardwick. London: Longmans, 1959.
BRADLEY, E. T Life of Arbella Stuart. 2 vols. London: Bentley, 1889.
DURANT, David N Arbella Stuart. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1978.
GRISTWOOD, Sarah Arbella England’s Lost Queen. Bantam Press, 2003. Paperback 2004
KENNET, White A sermon preach’d at the funeral of the Right Noble William Duke of Devonshire ... with some memoirs of the family of Cavendish. London: 1708.
WILSON, G The Life of the Hon. Henry Cavendish. London: Cavendish Society, 1851.
MAXWELL, J. C. (Editor) The scientific papers of the Honourable Henry Cavendish, F.R.S. 2 vols. Cambridge University Press, 1921.
BERRY, A. J Henry Cavendish: his life and scientific work. London: Hutchinson, 1960.
JUNGNICKEL, Christine & McCORMMACH, Russell Cavendish: The Experimental Life. Bucknell: Pennsylvania, 1999; revised ed. 2001 (Deals with Henry Cavendish the scientist and his father Lord Charles Cavendish.)
BROWN, P D and SCHWEIZER, K (Editors) The Devonshire Diary: William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire, Memoranda on State of Affairs 1759-1762, London: Royal Historical Society, 1982.
ADAIR, R Sketch of the character of the late Duke of Devonshire. London, 1811. (5th Duke).
BESSBOROUGH, Earl of Georgiana. Extracts from the correspondence of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. London: John Murray, 1955.
FOSTER, Vere (Editor) The two Duchesses. London: Blackie, 1898
LEVESON GOWER, Iris The face without a frown: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. London: Muller, 1944.
CALDER- MARSHALL A The two Duchesses. London: Hutchinson, 1978.
MASTERS, Brian Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Hamish Hamilton, 1981. Reprinted by Allison & Busby, 1997.
FOREMAN, Amanda Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. HarperCollins, 1998. Paperback 1999
FOREMAN, Amanda Georgiana’s World, The Illustrated Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, HarperCollins, 2001
Gleeson, Janet An Aristocratic Affair; The life of Georgiana's sister, Harriet Spencer, Countess of Bessborough, London, Bantam Press, 2006
Charles, Earl SPENCER The Spencer Family. Viking, 1999 (Chapter on Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire pp. 135-154)
FOSTER, E Children of the mist: a true and informal account of an eighteenth-century scandal. London: Hutchinson, 1960. (Deals mainly with Lady Elizabeth Foster).
STUART, D. M Dearest Bess: the life and times of Lady Elizabeth Foster afterwards Duchess of Devonshire. London: Methuen, 1955.
CHAPMAN, Caroline & DORMER, Jane Elizabeth & Georgiana. The Duke of Devonshire and his two Duchesses. London: John Murray, 2002. Paperback 2003.
NORMINGTON, Susan Lady Caroline Lamb: This Infernal Woman. London: House of Stratus, 2001.
A.W.C. A sketch of the life of the sixth Duke of Devonshire. 2nd ed. London: Privately printed, 1864.
MARKHAM, Violet Paxton and the Bachelor Duke. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1935. (6th Duke).
LEES-MILNE, James The Bachelor Duke: William Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, 1790-1858. John Murray, 1991.
HOLLAND, B The life of Spencer Compton, 8th Duke of Devonshire. 2 vols. London: Longmans, 1911.
LEACH, H The Duke of Devonshire - a personal and political biography. London: Methuen, 1904. (8th Duke).
VANE, Henry Affair of State: A biography of the 8th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, London, Peter Owen, 2004.
JACKSON, Patrick The Last of the Whigs: A Political Biography of Lord Hartington, later Eighth Duke of Devonshire (1833-1908). Associated University Presses, 1994.
DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE Park Top, A Romance of the Turf. London: London Magazine Editions, 1976; paperback John Murray, 2000.
ANDREW DEVONSHIRE Accidents of Fortune, Michael Russell Publishing, 2004

4. Sir Joseph Paxton

MARKHAM, Violet Paxton and the Bachelor Duke. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1935.
CHADWICK, G. F The Works of Sir Joseph Paxton, 1803-1865. London: The Architectural Press, 1961. The Builder Vol. XXIII, 1865, pp. 421-3 and 442-4. (An obituary and account of Paxton’s works). The Times 9 June 1865. (Obituary). Journal of Horticulture, New Series, Vol. VIII, 1865, pp. 446-449. (Obituary and Summary of speeches). The Gardener’s Chronicle 1865, p. 554 (Obituary)
DONNER, P. F. R Edensor, or Brown comes true. Architectural Review, 95. pp. 39-43, 1944.
CHADWICK, G F Paxton and the Great Stove. Architectural History, 1961. 4, pp. 77-92.
HOBHOUSE, C 1851 and the Crystal Palace. 2nd ed. London: John Murray, 1950.
FRENCH, Y The Great Exhibition, 1851. London: 1950.
GIBBS-SMITH, C. H The Great Exhibition of 1851: a commemorative album. London: HMSO, 1950. (There are many other works on the Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition)
COLQUHOUN, Kate A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton: Paperback, Harper Perennial, 2004. London and New York: Fourth Estate, 2003.

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