Abigail Bayly, Lady Elton (m. 1702 - d.1723/4)

possibly Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745)
National Trust Inventory Number 624135

Category Paintings
Date circa 1702
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 762x 635 mm (30 x 25 in)
Place of origin
Collection Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum)
On show at Clevedon Court, North Somerset, South West, National Trust

Summary description

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.

Provenance

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 catalogued as after Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist
previously catalogued as after John Smibert (Edinburgh 1688 – Boston, Massachusetts 1751), artist

References

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."

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10020)
Oil paint (8279)
Category Paintings (12624)
Collection Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum) (726)
Periods 17th century (32758)
Maker Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745) (65)
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723) (583)
John Smibert (Edinburgh 1688 – Boston, Massachusetts 1751) (3)
Subjects Abigail Bayly, Lady Elton (m. 1702 -d.1723/4) (1)
Object Type Oil painting (11714)

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