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At the heart of ‘The Souls': The Drawings of Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland

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Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland, was a celebrated beauty in her day who was the model for many leading artists.  But she was also an artist in her own right.  She exhibited her work in London, at the Royal Academy and at the Russell-Cotes.

She was considered the queen of ‘The Souls’,  a fashionable aristocratic social circle that shared an interest in art, literature and ideas.  They were called the ‘souls’ because they sat and talked about each other’s souls.

This exhibition in our Morning Room shows some of Violet’s drawings of the ‘Souls’ and members of their circle, which were donated to the Museum in the 1970s, and have not been on display for many years.

Entry is included in the admission for the house.

01st November 16 - 24th April 17