Renishaw Hall: the story of the Sitwells

Desmond Seward
« When the Sitwell family is mentioned, most people think of its most famous members: the siblings Edith (1887–1964), Osbert (1892–1969), and Sacheverell (1897–1988), glittering masters of self-advertisement who challenged Bloomsbury as arbiters of taste during the 1920s and ’30s and went on grabbing the aesthetic limelight right up until their triumphant tours of the United States in the 1940s and ’50s. According to Evelyn Waugh, they “radiated an aura of high spirits, elegance, impudence, unpredictability, above all of sheer enjoyment. They declared war on dullness.”
“I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish” Edith Sitwell
The Sitwells entertained the artists of their time in Renishaw Hall  (Cecil Beaton, Rex Whistler, Evelyn Waugh, John Piper etc.)  
D. H. Lawrence is said to have used Renishaw Hall as inspiration for his novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The 1980 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice used footage shot at Renishaw Hall. » Réservation en ligne
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