Summer 2019

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

MISSING Phelps Portraits!

Can you help?

We would be very grateful for any information about the whereabouts of Phelps and Clifford family portraits (and any other personal items) which were sold prior to the sale of Chestal House in Dursley in 1967.


Portrait of W. J. Phelps

The family portraits include -

- Half length portrait of  Captain Arthur Clifford 1908 by H.K.Raine 1908, in uniform of Gloucestershire Regiment (red coat and white stock), face turned to left 24 ½”  x 99”

- Portrait of Esther Gully, wife of John Delafield Phelps, standing in garden face turned to right wearing low neck blue dress with white bodice, left hand raised to breast, flowers in right hand ¾ length 40” x 50”

- John Delafield Phelps – ¾ face turned to right, wearing pale blue tunic and grey surtout coat, hat in right hand, left hand resting on hip

- Similar portrait of lady, ¾ length face to left hand, left hand holding dress, right hand held to breast, wearing low pale blue dress, short sleeves trimmed with white, landscape background. 40” x 50”.

- ¾ length standing portrait of gentleman, ¾ face to right, with wig, wearing surtout coat, frill shirt front and cuffs, architectural background

- Portrait of Miss Edith Clifford, ½ length, nearly full face wearing dark brown robe with hood and crucifix by H Heworth Raine, 22 ½ “ x 29 ½ “, signed R.

- Half length portrait of gentleman, ¾ face to right, wearing large soft hat, in right hand holding pottery mug Reynold school 19 ½ “ x 24 “

- John Phelps, ¾ length portrait standing near table face to right wearing wig, right hand resting on book left hand to breast, dark brown coat

- Marianne, wife of John Phelps, ¾ face turned to left, right hand resting on a table left hand holding a black wrap, wearing low cut crimson gown trimmed white lace and sleeves, small blue bow

Miniatures include  -

- Half length portrait of lady in silver frame

- Portrait of gentleman. ½ length, wearing black coat and white stock in original case

- Bust portrait of same gentleman

- Bust of lady in gold locket frame

- ½ length portrait of gentleman in blue coat and white cravat in case

- ½ length portrait of lady and another of an elderly gentleman, both in pierced and engraved gilt photograph frames

 - 4 well executed portraits of children, on a photo basis, framed in cabinet cases.

A copy of this list of the missing portraits and miniatures is obtainable on request from Gloucestershire Archives or from Andy Barton at


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