Clevedon Court, a mediaeval house bought in 1709 by the Bristol merchant, Sir Abraham Elton (1654–1727), 1st Bt was transferred from Sir Arthur Hallam Rice Elton (1906–1973), 10th Bt to the National Trust in 1960, in part-payment of death duties. Some pictures were acquired with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Fund in 1981, and the remainder accepted in lieu of tax after the death of Margaret Bjornson (1915–1995), Lady Elton and transferred to the National Trust in 1998. Amongst the Elton family portraits is an unusual pair by the gifted amateur painter, Oldfield Bowles, squire of North Aston, Oxfordshire: his 'Self Portrait in Van Dyke Dress at an Easel', and his wife Mary Elton, Mrs Oldfield Bowles. There is a small group of subject pictures by Edward Villiers Rippingille, including 'The Stage-Coach Breakfast', 1824, apparently including contemporary writers and members of the Elton family and the extraordinary mythological scene of 'Chivalry Dying of Love for the Goddesses' by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale.
National Trust, Clevedon Court
Tickenham Road, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 6QU England
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