Elizabeth Read, Lady Elton (1725-1755)

Thomas Hudson (Devonshire 1701 – Twickenham 1779)
National Trust Inventory Number 624140

Category Paintings
Date circa 1747
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 760 x 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, Elizabeth Read, Lady Elton (1725-1755) by Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), circa 1747, the year of her marriage. A portrait of the wife of Sir Abraham Elton 4th Bt, in a painted oval of a young woman, half-length, turned to the left, gazing at spectator, long brown hair with ringlets falling on both shoulders, wearing a blue silk dress over a white chemise with frilled lace collar, the dress is fastened at the bosom with a drop pearl, and pearls are shown as fastenings at the waist and on her left sleeve, a brown silk shawl is draped over her right shoulder. She was the daughter of James Read; married Sir Abraham Isaac Elton, 4th Bt., (1718-1790), son of Sir Abraham Elton 2nd Bt. (1679-1741) and Abigail Bayly (1723/4).

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

Thomas Hudson (Devonshire 1701 – Twickenham 1779), artist

References

Clevedon Court [The National Trust] revised 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, p.26: "...the Great Hall ....To the left of the [screen] door, Sir Abraham Elton II's third son, Sir Abraham IV, wears a bag wig, next to his handsome wife, Elizabeth, in blue satin with a drop pearl at her breast."

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Periods 18th century (85110)
Maker Thomas Hudson (Devonshire 1701 – Twickenham 1779) (115)
Subjects Elizabeth Read, Lady Elton (1725-1755) (1)
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