Like the idiot I can sometimes be, I forgot to inlcude images of  The Veiled Vestal Virgin in yesterday’s Chatsworth Interiors post.

She used to reside in the Sculpture Gallery and that is of course where she was seen by Elizabeth Bennet ( played by Kiera Knightley) in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice.


Last year she was moved to  the exhibition space on the top floor of Chatsworth, but now she lives in the Oak Room next to the Chapel.

The Veiled Vestal Virgin is lifesize and is incredibly intricate as you can see from the photographs,(which can all be enlarged by clicking  on them),and was made from marble by the sculptor, Raffaelle Monti (1818 – 1881). She was commissioned by the sixth Duke of Devonshire -The Bachelor Duke-  on 18 October, 1846. She was  completed in 1847

My apologies for the omission ….