Oil painting on canvas, Sarah Smith, Lady Elton (1782-1830) and her Son Edmund William Elton (1822-1859) by Thomas Barker 1769-1847), signed and dated 1823. Portraits of mother and son, the wife of Sir Charles Abraham Elton, 6th Bt (1782-1830) and their son Edmund William Elton. She is on the right, three-quarter-length, turned slightly to the right, gazing at the spectator, her head inclined to the right, holding her son in her arms, which are slightly outstretched to the left, he appears to be resting on a stone ledge. The baby wears a white silk dress and white lace cap, his bare legs kicking forward and his left hand gesturing towards her. She has dark brown hair, and is wearing a plum velvet dress, with a frilled lace almost ruff-like collar, and a blue silk stole over her arms. On the left is a distant landscape with a stormy sky and on the right stone pillar and pilaster.
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 Barker (Pontypool 1769 – Bath 1847), artist
Barker of Bath, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, June 1962
Clevedon Court [The National Trust] revised 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, p.28: