“And of this place,” thought she, “I might have been mistress!”

Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.

Photos: The Grand Chamber at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.

The Great Chamber is the largest room in the State Apartments. The Great Chamber includes a painted ceiling of a classical scene by Antonio Verrio. Italian-born Antonio Verrio (Naples, c. 1636 – 15 June 1707) was responsible for introducing Baroque mural painting into England and served the Crown over a thirty-year period.

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