ART & DESIGN

Lady of the House


After presiding over Chatsworth, one of England’s grandest houses, for nearly 50 years, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has moved to a cottage just down the road, bringing along all her customary style and wit.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

The Dowager Duchess steps out of her new home, the Old Vicarage, on the way to feed her prized chickens.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

Debo furnished her new eight-bedroom home with furniture from the attics of Chatsworth and her own eclectic collection of paintings, drawings photos and sculpture.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

View of the stairway. The house itself is a handsome stone building, begun in the early 18th century and substantially added onto later.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

A pale pink loo.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

Debo’s homage to her idol, Elvis, on the mantel of her bedroom.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

An informal dining area.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

The Dowager Duchess, the youngest of the six fabled Mitford sisters.