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The First and Second Floor Landings and the
Queen of Scots and Leicester Apartments

First Floor Landing

As the visitor ascends the main staircase towards the majestic statue of Mercury after Giambologna and reaches the first floor landing another richly adorned staircase leading to the second floor appears and yet another richly painted ceiling confronts the visitor. This ceiling is by Verrio. The iron balustrade of this second staircase is by the Huguenot Jean Tijou. Sculptures on display on the first floor landing include an English 18th century bust of a woman and, by the window a portrait bust of Lady Hunloke as Atalanta.

Second Floor Landing

Works of art to be found on the second floor landing include statues of Apollo, Minerva and Lucretia by Caius Gabriel Cibber (1630-1700).


Queen of Scots and Leicester Apartments

The staircase leads to the top floor and to the Queen of Scots and Leicester apartments. This part of the building is not always open to the public and when it is a separate admission ticket is required.

In this section of the building there are interesting Regency furnishings and a number of interesting paintings: in the lobby to the Queen of Scots apartments we have Sir Joshua Reynolds' (1723-1792), William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland in Garter Robes and Sebastiano Ricci's (1659-1734), Susannah and the Elders. In the Queen of Scots bedroom there are a series of watercolours including two by David Cox (1783-1859): Welsh Landscape with Figures by a Pool, and Figures on a Footbridge.

As the name suggests it is in this part of the house that Mary Queen of Scots stayed between the years 1570 and 1581. The name "Leicester" rooms also dates from that period and recalls the visit of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester to Chatsworth in 1577. This floor of the building was redesigned in around 1830 by Wyatville. The changes made included reducing the Mary Queen of Scots rooms to accommodate the lobby and passageway now leading to the Leicester rooms.


The Bed in the Queen of Scots' Dressing Room
On the left: the Bed in the Queen of Scots' Dressing Room
On the right: the Wellington Bedroom
Wellington Bedroom
great satin room
Green Satin Room
great satin room


The Leicester Passage

An abundance of paintings and watercolours are also on display on the walls of the Leicester Passage, these include two by William Cowen (1797-1864): Three Views in Normandy, The Seine below Paris and A View of the Palace at Versailles; four watercolours by William Henry Hunt (1790-1864): Member of the 6th Duke's Orchestra, Chatsworth, Groom of chambers, Chatsworth, Butler, Chatsworth and Footman, Chatsworth; a painting by Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734) and Marco Ricci (1676-1730): The Pool of Siloam; Gaspard Dughet, called Gaspard Poussin (1615-1675): Landscape with Cephalus Hunting.There is also a portrait by Henry Briggs (1791-1844) of the famous gardener at Chatsworth, Joseph Paxton (1803-1865).

In the other rooms in this section of the building there are paintings by, Benjamin Haydon (1786-1852), George Knapton (1698-1778), John Dowman (1750-1824), Jan Both (c. 1615-1652).

The Wellington Dressing Room and Bedroom are named after the Duke of Wellington when he stayed at Chatsworth in the winter of 1843 on the occasion of the visit of Queen Victoria.

The Queen of Scots Dressing Room, the Leicester Bedroom and the Wellington Rooms are decorated with hand-painted Chinese wallpaper which came into fashion in the 17th and early 18 centuries when a taste for the exoticism of the orient reached its peak.


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