Art: The Taxman Cometh

Since 1707, when William Cavendish, art-loving second Duke of Devonshire, fell heir to the vast Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire, the family has amassed the biggest private art collection in Britain. Estimated value: more than £750,000. In recent years, Chatsworth has been open to the public. Families of sightseers have swarmed over the 4,000 expertly landscaped acres and strolled through corridors and state rooms full of works of art, dating back to the 5th century B.C. But last week the British version of the U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue won a court fight which...

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