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The Duchess (2008)

The Duchess -- A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

from The Rural Society - at Warwick Farms - Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Fowl Women

The Dowager #Duchess of #Devonshire, known to feed her chickens while wearing a ball gown.


This was written by someone who originally posted this - "I hate the term “end of an era,” but Deborah Devonshire, last living Mitford sister, has died. Truly the end of an era. (If you haven’t read her book “Wait For Me!” you totally should....

from The Library Time Machine

Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

The Duchess of Portland as the Duchess of Savoy; one of the 200 guests in fancy dress at the the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, 1897.


Portrait of Deborah Mitford, 1938, soon-to-be the Duchess of Devonshire. See the picture of her, in her lovely 'Crone' years......feeding her chickens (somewhere in my Angels, Fairies, Gnomes, Crones)

from The Economist

Discreet charm of the aristocracy

When, aged 21 in 1941, she married Andrew Cavendish, he was not expected to become the 11th Duke of Devonshire, but three years later his older brother (who was married to a sister of the future President John Kennedy) was killed in the war. In 1950 Debo became the chatelaine of seven substantial houses. The grandest was Chatsworth. The finest, arguably, was Hardwick,