Oil painting on canvas, Abigail Bayly, Lady Elton possibly by Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745), inscribed.......A portrait of Abigail Bayly in a painted oval as a mature woman, half-length, turned slightly to the right, gazing at the spectator. She has dark brown hair and is wearing a black silk dress with a grey gauze stole draped over her head forming a small frilled rosette on top of her head. The stole falls to her waist, and is worn beneath a black silk scarf made of the same material as her dress, which is tied just below the neck Wife of Sir Abraham Elton, 2nd Bt and daughter of Zachary Bayly; married on 14 May 1702, Sir Abraham Elton II, 2nd Bt, son of Sir Abraham Elton I, 1st Bt. and Mary Jefferies.
Purchased from Lady Margaret Ann Elton (1915 – 1995), 1981 with the help of grants from the V&A Purchase Fund and the NHMF
Makers and roles
possibly Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745), artist
previously attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist
previously attributed to John Smibert (Edinburgh 1688 – Boston, Massachusetts 1751), artist
Clevedon Court [The National Trust] revised 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, p.26.
"The other portraits in the Great Hall are of Eltons and their wives and relations, and include the ten Baronets. ...The second and fourth Sir Abrahams look down from the screen. To the right of the screen door, Sir Abraham II is in red and wears a full wig. His wife Abigail, has a black head-dress. Both portraits are probably by Sir GodfreyKneller."