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Chatsworth House and the Emperor Fountain

 

The Emperor fountain at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire was built by Joseph Paxton, for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, to honour the visit of Tsar Nicolas 1 of Russia, expected to take place in 1844 - but the visit never took place.  However, the fountain was built and was designed to be the highest in the world, using an artificially constructed lake on the moorland above the house as the water supply.  The fountain reached a recorded height of 90 metres, but now runs on about half-power - but is still impressive! As you can see, with the sun and the wind in the right directions, it can produce a pretty rainbow.

Chatsworth House and the Emperor Fountain

 

The Emperor fountain at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire was built by Joseph Paxton, for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, to honour the visit of Tsar Nicolas 1 of Russia, expected to take place in 1844 - but the visit never took place.  However, the fountain was built and was designed to be the highest in the world, using an artificially constructed lake on the moorland above the house as the water supply.  The fountain reached a recorded height of 90 metres, but now runs on about half-power - but is still impressive! As you can see, with the sun and the wind in the right directions, it can produce a pretty rainbow.

comments (14)

photographing the photographer Tom...
you got the better shot of the fountain....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Yes, I tried to remove him (in pre-processing!) and did quite well until I got to his hands and head and then the background was too complex to clone properly smile
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 12 May 2017, 04:09
90 metres would have been impressive for those years, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Indeed - and pretty impressive now I'd think!
The fountain reminds me of that of the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC.
Tom Wilson: I think the Pool might be a big bigger - but I see the similarity.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 May 2017, 07:00
A very famous place, one day I'll try to get to see it myself Tom
Tom Wilson: Well, there seem to be bus trips in from the far corners of the world, Chris, so I'm sure you could find one smile
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 12 May 2017, 07:38
Built to impress, Tom - pity the Tsar didn't arrive
Tom Wilson: I guess the Duke thought it was worth it smile
For once, Tom, I have actually been here and seen it with my own eyes. What a lovely place.
Tom Wilson: We're only half-an-hour down the road, Ginnie - you should have popped in smile
tres bel endroit!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Meerc, Jean Pierre
When the Tsar rowed over this spot they were probably looking out of the window with binoculars and said, " turn it on now".
Tom Wilson: An even bigger disappointment, then, when he didn't turn up! smile
the operators of the fountain wanted it to feature in your shot, Tom - any more power and you would have to walk back half a kilometer grin
Tom Wilson: Now there's a thought!
What a coincidence. I mention Chatsworth today on my humble page

Wonderful place
Tom Wilson: So you do smile There is a certain contrast in style and size smile
I love fountains like this. Makes me think of Canberra.
Tom Wilson: Mmm - not a city I've been to, but I love those in Braga.
Beautiful place and excellent framing
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Marie.
A popular scene at Chatsworth, if the wind is in the wrong direction one can get quite wet walking past that fountain!
Tom Wilson: That's certainly true, Brian!
Makes me want to wee-wee...

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