Begun by the second duke in the early years of the 18th-century, the Duke of Devonshire's collection of old master drawings at Chatsworth, in Derbyshire, is one of the greatest collections of drawings in private hands.;The drawings illustrated in this volume are considered the highlights of the collection - predominantly Italian works, especially from the Renaissance, and major drawings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck, and examples from the French and German schools.;Several of the drawings have been reattributed, as a result of recent research on the collection. This research is incorporated into the texts and commentaries by Michael Jaffe, director emeritus of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and author of the catalogue raisonne of the Chatsworth drawings.;The book is designed to act as a catalogue for the exhibition of Chatsworth drawings held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in October 1995, and at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, in January 1996.