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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

maandag 23 maart 2015

Chatsworth House Pride and Prejudice 2005, the Duchess and Death comes to Pemberley.

Chatsworth House
The stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is mentioned in Pride and Prejudice and it is thought Pemberley, the fictional residence of Mr Darcy, is based on the historic property. Jane Austen wrote: "The eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of the valley into which the road into some abruptness wound.

"It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned."
One of the most stunning rooms in all of Chatsworth is the Painted Hall (seen here at Christmas time). When they were looking for a site worthy of Austen's description of Mr Darcy's home, Pemberley, Chatsworth was chosen partially due to this grand room. See cheesy youtube video below for a short clip of the hall.

CHATSWORTH HOUSE (Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s family home)
The largest private country house in England and the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is the house used in Pride & Prejudice as the exterior of Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s family home. Jane Austen made mention of Chatsworth in Pride and Prejudice, and the Duchess believes that the author was thinking of Chatsworth (which is in Derbyshire) when describing Pemberley.
Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire, is one of the renowned “Mitford Girls” (her sisters were writers Nancy and Jessica Mitford, as well as Unity Mitford and Diana Mitford). During WWII, Chatsworth (built in the 17th Century) was occupied by a girls’ boarding school, Penrhos College. 300 pupils and teachers lived and worked there from 1939 until 1946. The house was subsequently reopened to the public, and in 1973 a farmyard and adventure playground were added on. Beginning in 2001, Chatsworth was opened to visitors for the holiday season (from early November until late December).
Within the house, the grand staircase of the Painted Hall (where charitable functions and the children’s Christmas party are held) is where, in >Pride & Prejudice, Lizzie Bennet and the Gardiners (the latter portrayed by Penelope Wilton and Peter Wight) begin their tour of Pemberley. It is within the Sculpture Gallery (so named for the 6th Duke’s having devoted the space to stone and sculpted figures) that Lizzie sees the bust of Mr Darcy – and hears of his fine qualities.

The Painted Hall
The most noticeable aspect of the Painted Hall is the booming colours that engulf you as you walk in. The ceiling has a Louis Laguerre mural of the allegorical ascension of Julius Caesar. Laguerre also painted the upper walls (Sistine Chapel style) with scenes from Caesar's life. The floor is inlaid with black and white marble to further submerge guests into a sea of aesthetic overdosing.

Sculpture Gallery 

On your visit you may recognise the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall where Lizzie and the Gardiners start their tour of Pemberley. The Sculpture Gallery was used in the scene where Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr Darcy, and his housekeeper describes his many good qualities.
Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice with a sculpture of a Veiled Vestal, 1846, by Rafaele Monti, as many of the marbles at Chatsworth, a work commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire.
Georgiana Spencer

The famous portrait of Georgiana Spencer, the fifth Duchess of Devonshire, by Thomas Gainsborough. Georgiana is the subject of the new film, The Duchess, filmed in Ireland but with a few scenes filmed at Chatsworth. Georgiana lived at her Devonshire home in London, and at Chatsworth, which she renovated in the late 1800s.

They left Chatsworth in January, much to Georgiana's relief. In London she would be surrounded by her own family and friends and no longer reliant on the monosyllabic Duke or his critical relations.  nytimes-georgiana

The estate of the Dukes of Devonshire was, and still is, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, and this is where the candle-lit wedding was filmed. Although home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it’s nevertheless open to the public, and is one England’s most popular country houses – it can get pretty crowded at times. Keira Knightley had previously filmed at Chatsworth when it stood in for ‘Pemberley’ in Joe Wright’s 2005 film of Pride And Prejudice. The house, reduced to gloomy shabbiness with digital effects, can also be seen in the 2010 version of The Wolfman, with Benicio del Toro. movie-locations/Duchess

Ralph Fiennes, who plays the buttoned-up Duke of Devonshire, said: "I think to shoot in real locations and to have the actual fabric of the times around you is fantastic.
"Aside from the room you are shooting in, all around you are the bookshelves, corridors, paintings, gardens, vistas, ceilings. You soak all this up. Just being in the space that someone of that standing lived their life in helps you take on the confidence and assurance of the place.
"Chatsworth was inherited and trying to get your head around inheriting a lot of land, a lot of people even, requires such a different mentality from today's life so it helps to be in the actual place."
Costume drama regular Keira Knightley was familiar with Chatsworth, having worked there during the filming of Pride and Prejudice. She welcomed the chance to return.
"It made a huge difference actually being in the houses, in the actual spaces, knowing how cold they are," she said. -Keira-Knightley-location


Death comes to Pemberley

More than 100 cast and crew relocated to Chatsworth for a week in July 2013 to film scenes for the series. During filming, the beautiful South and West facades of the house were used to depict Pemberley's famous exteriors, whilst rooms inside the house such as the Painted Hall, Great Dining Room, Sculpture Gallery and Oak Room were transformed to depict Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's home.
"Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married and with two young sons, are preparing for the lavish annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. The unannounced arrival of Elizabeth's wayward sister Lydia, however, brings an abrupt and shocking halt to proceedings when she stumbles out of her chaise screaming that her husband Wickham has been murdered." chatsworth.org//death-comes-to-pemberley

Austen werd geboren in Hampshire. Haar vader was een geestelijke. Het grootste deel van haar leven bleef zij in haar geboortestreek. Austen had zes broers en een oudere zuster, Cassandra, met wie zij zeer hecht was. Het enige onbetwiste portret van Jane Austen is een gekleurde schets die door Cassandra werd gemaakt en nu in de National Portrait Gallery in Londen hangt. In 1801 verhuisde de familie naar Bath. In 1802 werd Austen ten huwelijk gevraagd door de rijke Harris Bigg-Wither en zij stemde toe; de volgende dag deelde ze echter mee dat zij haar woord niet kon houden en trok haar instemming in. De reden hiervoor is niet bekend, maar Austen is nooit getrouwd. Na de dood van haar vader in 1805 woonden Jane, haar zuster en haar moeder daar nog verscheidene jaren tot zij in 1809 naar Chawton verhuisden. Hier had haar rijke broer Edward een landgoed met een plattelandshuisje, dat hij aan zijn moeder en zusters schonk (dit huis is tegenwoordig open voor het publiek). Zelfs nadat zij naam gemaakt had als romanschrijfster bleef zij in relatieve stilte leven, maar haar gezondheid ging sterk achteruit. Er wordt nu aangenomen dat zij de ziekte van Addison had, waarvan toen de oorzaak nog onbekend was. Ze reisde naar Winchester om behandeling te zoeken, maar stierf daar en werd begraven in de kathedraal.
Tot Austens beroemdste werk behoort de roman Emma. Het boek wordt vaak aangehaald vanwege de perfectie van vorm. Moderne critici blijven ook nieuwe perspectieven ontdekken op het scherpe commentaar van Austen betreffende de klasse van jonge, ongehuwde, aristocratische Engelse vrouwen in de vroege 19e eeuw.


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Fashion - Regency 1

Edward Austen Leigh wrote down this description of Jane's appearence in the years just after the family left Southampton.

"She was tall and slender; her face was rounded with a clear brunette complexion and bright hazel eyes.

Her curly brown hair escaped all round her forehead, but from the time of her coming to live at Chawton she always wore a cap, except when her nieces had her in London and forbade it."

Henry Austen said of his sister, " Her stature rather exceeded the middle height; her carriage anad deportment were quiet but graceful; her complexion of the finest texture, it might with truth be said that her eloquent blood spoke through her modest cheek." Henry applied these lines to Jane: " Her pure and eloquent blood spake in her cheeks and so distinctly wrought that you had almost said her body thought."

Austen's niece Caroline recollected: "As to my aunt's personal appearance, hers was the first face I can remember thinking pretty. Her face was rather round than long, she had a bright, but not a pink colour—a clear brown complexion, and very good hazel eyes. Her hair, a darkish brown, curled naturally, it was in short curls around her face. She always wore a cap