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- DescriptionSince they were created Earls of Derby in 1485, the Stanleys - a great Lancastrian family, whose seat, Kwsley Hall, is near Liverpool - have been significant in the life of the nation as patrons and collectors, sportsmen and politicians.These absorbing essays by a distinguished cast of contributors- led by historian David Starkey, on Lady Margaret Beaufort,the first Countess of Derby, and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, on Edward Lear's stay at Kwsley - cover key facets of the family's diverse achievements. The 4th, 5thand 6th Earls were patrons of the Elizabethan theatre; the10th Earl formed an outstanding collection of old master paintings; the 12th Earl founded two classic horse races and married the celebrated actress Elizabeth Farren; the 13th Earl established the largest aviary and menagerie in the country and collected natural history books and watercolours; the14th Earl, leader of the Conservative Party, served three times as Prime Minister; the 15th Earl was Foreign Secretary under Disraeli and Colonial Secretary under Gladstone,while his wife, Mary Derby, became a powerful political influence behind the scenes.Illustrated with works from the Derby Collection, and elsewhere.
- Author BiographyStephen Lloyd is Curator of the Derby Collection at Knowsley Hall, with responsibility for the art collections, the celebrated natural history library and the family archive. In2013, he organised a major conference at Knowsley, bringing together historians, art historians and natural historians to celebrate the wide-ranging achievements of the Stanley family and to raise the research profile of their legacy.
- PublisherUnicorn Publishing Group
- Date of Publication10/12/2015
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintUnicorn Publishing Group
- Content Note90 colour reproductions
- Weight1139 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edited byStephen Lloyd
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