CLUTTON-BROCK, Alan Francis

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 (1868-1924) and his wife Evelyn Alice née Vernon-Harcourt (30 December 1876-1964), who married at Weybridge in 1903. Alan was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, also studying at Westminster School of Art and, taking up journalism, became art critic to 'The Times' 1945-1955. He married Shelagh, née Archer, with whom he had a daughter Juliet [Jewell] (1933-2015) and a son Francis, Shelagh died in a road accident in 1936 and secondly at Holborn, London in the same year, Barbara Foy Mitchell (26 September 1912-2005) by whom he had a daughter and in 1939, a journalist & editor, living at Lock Cottage, Maryland Lock Lane, Gosfield, Essex with his wife and widowed mother. Greatly influenced by Roger Fry (1866-1934), who was a family friend, Alan exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the London Group 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. He 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.




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