Sir Abraham Elton, 3rd Bt (1703-1761)
Charles Philips (London 1708 – London 1747)
Art / Oil paintings
Oil on canvas
508 x 400 mm (20 x 15 3/4 in)
Place of origin
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Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum)
Oil painting on canvas, Sir Abraham Elton 3rd Bt (1703 - 1761) by Charles Phillips (1708-1747), signed and dated 1732 and inscribed Sir A. Elton 3rd Bt. A portrait of the son of Sir Abraham Elton, 2nd Bt and Abigail Bayly, as a young man, full length, seated, in a woodland setting, turned slightly to the left leaning with his left arm on a stone pedestal on which sits a tall stone urn with ivy hanging from it. He holds his hat which rests on his left knee, in his left hand, he has a long black cane with black hanging ribbons which he holds on top with his arm outstretched. He is in a white powdered wig and is wearing a black velvet coat with gold frogging on fronts and sleeves, scarlet waistcoat and breeches, white shirt and stock, white stockings and black shoes, a greyhound by his side. Distant skyline view on the left. Sheriff of Bristol in 1728 and Mayor of Bristol in 1742; feckless and extravagant, he died a bankrupt in France on 29 November 1761, unmarried.
Purchased from Lady Margaret Ann Elton (1915 – 1995), 1981 with the help of grants from the V&A Purchase Fund and the NHMF
Marks and inscriptions
Top left corner: Sir A. Elton 3rd Bart
Makers and roles
Charles Philips (London 1708 – London 1747), artist
Clevedon Court [The National Trust] revised 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, p.26: " He [Sir Abraham Elton 3rd Bt (1755-1761)] appears also on the first floor landing, in a dark blue coat and scarlet breeches, with his long cane and his greyhound, in an attractive small picture by Charles Phillips." p.27: "...the landing....Other pictures include the portrait of Sir Abraham III by Charles Phillips..."