Among the many works of art in the Portland Collection, a plain mahogany, upright, table-top box could easily be overlooked. This particular box, with treasure hidden within, is a stereoscope or ‘Taxiphote’: two eyepieces allow a viewer to see stereoscopic photographs in astonishingly realistic three dimensions.

These extraordinary, brilliantly colourful images from the early years of the last century evoke a lost world of exquisite gardens, grace and generosity when the social life of Welbeck Abbey reached its greatest climax during the lifetimes of the 6th Duke of Portland and his beautiful Duchess.

Hear Dr Brian May’s curator Denis Pellerin discuss these wonderful stereoscopic photographs in more detail on 24th September 2016, visit here for more information.