Edward Langton Iliffe, 2nd Baron Iliffe of Yattendon (1908-1996)

Graham Vivian Sutherland (London 1903 – London 1980)
National Trust Inventory Number 266410

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1976 (monogrammed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Place of origin
Collection Basildon Park, Berkshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Basildon Park, West Berkshire, London and South East, National Trust

In this portrait of the artist's friend and patron, the newspaper magnate, Lord Iliffe, it is the rich orange background that arrests the eye of the viewer. Iliffe himself is pushed towards the bottom of the canvas, sitting in profile and looking out to the left with a blank orange space above his head. The double-breasted jacket with brass buttons identifies him as the consummate businessman.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Edward Langton Iliffe, 2nd Baron Iliffe of Yattendon (1908-1996) by Graham Sutherland (1903-80), signed bottom right: G.S./ 1976. A quarter-length portrait of Lord Iliffe who sits in profile facing left, his right hand resting against his temple. The elbow of his right arm rests on the corner of a table at the far left. He wears a double-breasted grey jacket with gold buttons, a white shirt and a patterned tie of black, beige and red. He is set against a fiery orange background. He was the son of Edward Mauger Iliffe, 1st Baron Iliffe (1877-1960) and Charlotte Gilding (d.1972). He married Renée Merandon du Plessis, daughter of René Merandon du Plessis, on 8 December 1938. He died on 15 February 1996 at age 88, without issue. He was educated at Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset, Clare College, Cambridge. He fought in the Second World War, and was mentioned in despatches. He gained the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the service of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was vice-chairman of the Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd and Chairman of Coventry Evening Telegraph and Cambridge Daily News. He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1957. He succeeded to the title of 2nd Baron Iliffe, of Yattendon on 25 July 1960.


On loan from Lord Iliffe

Marks and inscriptions

'G.S./ 1976'

Makers and roles

Graham Vivian Sutherland (London 1903 – London 1980), artist

Exhibition history

The Treasure Houses of Britain, National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA, 1985 - 1986, no.578

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