Over one year in 1999, I had a residency in the attics of Chatsworth House, the stately home of the Duke of Devonshire. I was alone in the attics which consisted of forty rooms, all very untidy with water dripping into them through the roof. The sun came out, and the gardens looked beautiful, so I placed my easel next to the window to paint the Orangery. The attics had many secrets to offer, which I cannot divulge. The Dowager Duchess had her collection of fossils scattered throughout the rooms and many paintings by famous artists were stacked against the deteriorating walls. Soon after I left, the renovations of the attics began and the artefacts were fortunately saved.
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