Running from 15th February to 13th April, 2020, ‘Let’s Misbehave – Blenheim Palace in the 1920s’ offers a fascinating insight into the heady world of the upper classes – not surprisingly dubbed the other half and the idle rich for those on the outside looking in – at a time of great social, artistic and political change.
The 9th Duke of Marlborough and his second wife, American intellectual, Gladys Deacon, were lavish hosts at the baroque Oxfordshire Palace.
Their numerous house parties were attended by family and friends such as writer and Bloomsbury Group founder member, Lytton Strachey and Sir Winston Churchill, who was born at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The exhibition showcases the Marlborough’s lavish lifestyle with a series of tableaux within the Palace’s elegant State Rooms.
Featuring works by artists and sculptors as eclectic as Boldini, Cecil Beaton, Jacob Epstein and Duncan Grant, visitors can see how the upper classes amused themselves on these occasions, as well as what they ate, how they dressed and what they talked about.
Additional activities and lectures will also be taking place during the exhibition, including craft workshops, themed afternoon teas and talks by Gladys Deacon and Cecil Beaton biographer, Hugo Vickers and other specialists of the period.
What: Let’s Misbehave at Blenheim Palace – New Exhibition at Blenheim Palace
When: 15 February – 13th April, 2020
Admission: Palace, Park & Gardens ticket: Adult £28.50, Concession £27.00, Child £16.50,
Annual Pass Holders FREE