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The 5th Duke of Portland - Tunnel Vision

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW

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The 5th Duke of Portland - Tunnel Vision

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Saturday 14 May - Saturday 31 December 2022
The Harley Gallery
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​​​​​​The 5th Duke of Portland - Tunnel Vision illustrates the life of the elusive 5th Duke at Portland, who owned Welbeck during the Victorian period. The 5th Duke is famous for his extraordinary buildings, including miles of tunnels under the estate. This exhibition will reveal his life beyond the tunnels - with lost love, amazing art collecting, and the creation of the landscape we see today at Welbeck among the stories of his life.

The 5th Duke was an unusual figure in Victorian high society, and many myths and legends have grown around his memory.

These include always wearing 3 pairs of socks, only eating roast chicken, and communicating exclusively by letter through his bedroom door.

The actual truth behind the stories is uncertain but it seems that the famously private 5th Duke was not a conventional Victorian aristocrat.  He is best known for his building projects, which include one of the world’s largest riding schools, 2¾ miles of tunnels, a subterranean ballroom and an underground donkey stable.

The 5th Duke of Portland was a keen art collector, and The Portland Collection remains home to many pieces that he chose. He bought more than 50 paintings, including works by Reynolds and Mytens, over 70 miniatures and an extraordinary array of ceramics.

This exhibition includes the architectural models for some of the Duke’s building projects, portraits of his lost love – the opera singer Adelaide Kemble, the Duke’s death mask, and his iconic double-letterbox bedroom door.

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The 5th Duke of Portland - Tunnel Vision (14 May 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Please note that The Harley Gallery will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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