1904 - 1976

Alan Clutton-Brock

Alan Francis Clutton-Brock was born in Weybridge, Surrey on 8 October 1904, son of art critic Arthur Clutton-Brock (23 March 1868–8 January 1924) and his wife Evelyn Alice Clutton-Brock née Vernon-Harcourt, elder daughter of Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt, who married at St Mary's Oatland, Weybridge on 6 August 1903. Alan was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, where he met his future wife Sheela, he also studied at Westminster School of Art. He married at Chelsea in 1927, Sheela Mabel Stoney-Archer (19 July 1903-7 January 1936), who was born at Cross Roads, Saint Andrew, Jamaica, daughter of Lt Col George Johnstone Stoney-Archer, R.A.M.C., with whom Alan had a daughter Juliet [Jewell] (1933-2015) and a son Francis, Sheela died in a road accident at Bexley Heath, Kent on 7 July 1936, when a passenger in a car. Alan married secondly at Holborn, London in 1936, Barbara Foy Mitchell (26 September 1912-2005) by whom he had a daughter. In 1939, a journalist, living at Lock Cottage, Bear Street, Nayland, Suffolk with his wife Barbara and his widowed mother Alice and Alan became art critic to 'The Times' 1945-1955. Greatly influenced by Roger Fry (1866-1934), who was a family friend, Alan exhibited at the Royal Academy and with the London Group of Artists and published several popular books including 'Italian Painting' (1930), 'Introduction to French Painting' (1932), 'William Blake' (1933), 'Murder at Liberty Hall' (1941), and jointly with Adrian Stokes (1902-1972), 'Cézanne' (2 vols.) for the Faber Library, in 1947-55. A National Gallery trustee and Slade professor of fine art at Cambridge 1955-1958. After the Second World War he lived at 'Uplands', Layham, Hadleigh, Suffolk but late in life moved to Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Oxfordshire. Alan Francis Clutton-Brock died at Chastleton House, Chastleton, Moreton-in-the-Marsh on 18 December in 1976. After the death of his wife Barbara in 2005, Chastleton was acquired by the National Trust.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Uplands, Layham, Hadleigh, Suffolk
1950 54 Village Street
         153 The Stour at Nayland
         222 Cottages at Nayland
1951 185 Layham Mill
         617 The Stour, below Nayland
1952 202 The Stour at Nayland
         587 Brantham Bridge
1953 70 Still Life
         96 Raydon Ponds Farm
         670 Christmas Roses
1954 232 Pink Roses
         443 Wild Flowers

Works by This Artist