William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, had the greatest influence on the appearance of Chiswick after Lord Burlington.
Bust of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire by Joseph Nollekens, 1812
© Chiswick House
- 70 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,500 ( Total: £5,000)
- Acquired in:
- Heim Gallery
He employed Samuel Lapidge (the former chief assistant to Capability Brown) to remodel the wilderness area west of the lake, and employed James Wyatt to demolish the Jacobean mansion and add wings to the north and south sides of the villa. These additions made the house a suitable setting for receptions hosted by his celebrated Duchess, the beauty Georgiana. The bust is an autograph version of the original at Chatsworth and was based on a lost death mask 'fleshed out' by reference to Reynolds' portrait of 1776.
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Access restrictions and requirements
There is a narrow spiral staircase to reach the first floor of the House. The house staff can provide alternative access via the external portico steps. There is no disabled access to the first floor of Chiswick House. The Conservatory is fully accessible to wheelchairs and also contains some seating in the central rotunda. The café’s floor is flat and step-free. The doors are automatic. Public toilet facilities including a fully accessible bathroom are situated beside the Café.
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