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Festival Designs by Inigo Jones from the Collection of the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth

March 18 – April 23, 1967
Ground Floor, Central Gallery

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: The 126 items in this exhibition, including 118 drawings for scenery and costumes for the court masques of James I and Charles I, a portrait bust, 5 stage set models, and 2 costume reconstructions, were lent by the Duke of Devonshire and the trustees of the Chatsworth settlement. Objects in the exhibition had been shown at Chatsworth during the summers of 1965 and 1966.

Organization: The initial selection from more than 400 works was made by Thomas S. Wragg, librarian and keeper of the Devonshire collections, who accompanied the exhibition to the United States. Roy S. Strong, deputy keeper of the National Portrait Gallery in London, wrote the entries and introduction for the catalogue. The exhibition was organized and circulated by the International Exhibitions Foundation.

Attendance: 52,022

Catalog: Festival Designs by Inigo Jones, by Roy S. Strong. Foreword by Thomas S. Wragg. Washington, DC: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1967.

Other Venues: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, May 4–June 4, 1967
Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, July 17–August 31, 1967
Detroit Institute of Arts, September 15–October 15, 1967
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, November 1–November 30, 1967
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 15, 1967–January 14, 1968
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, February 1–February 29, 1968
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, March 15–April 14, 1968
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, May 1–May 31, 1968
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 14–October 15, 1968
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, November 1–December 1, 1968