Arlington Court is a severe Gothic Revival building in dressed ashlar, constructed in 1820 by the Barnstaple architect Thomas Lee (1794–1834) – a former pupil of Sir John Soane and of David Laing for Colonel John Chichester (1769–1823). It was bequeathed by Miss Rosalie Chichester (1865–1949), daughter of Sir Bruce Chichester (1842–1881), 2nd Bt along the curios and bric-`a-brac and her own paintings.
The most important picture at Arlington Court is a watercolour, William Blake’s great 'Allegory'; the oil paintings range miscellaneously from the 'Worship of the Golden Calf' and two scenes on copper of 'The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite' by Frans Francken II and studio, a naïve pair of kitchen scenes by an Austrian artist, E. K. Lautter, many of the schooner 'RYS 'Zoe'', to a charming double portrait of 'Sir Bruce Chichester (1842–1881), 2nd Bt of Arlington, and His Sister, Caroline (1839–1873), Later Lady Clay, as Children', painted in Levantine dress in 1849 by the little-known artist John Edgar Williams.
Arlington, near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP England
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