Beningbrough Hall - Lady's Chesterfield room



Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire, attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1761 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire
attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1761
NPG 1041

The state bed was made about 1680, and the crimson damask curtains and coverlet renewed in the 1920s. Beside the bed is a touching portrait of Peg Woffington, a famous actress who played opposite her lover, David Garrick, on the mid-eighteenth-century London stage. In 1757 she collapsed during a performance and for the rest of her short life she was confined to bed.

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Portraits on display in this room