Maria Taylor was the daughter of Stephen Taylor of the Manor House at Stanbury.
Portrait of Maria Taylor of Stanbury by Branwell Brontë, c. 1838Â–1839
Â© BrontÃ« Parsonage Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 58.9 x 49.8 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,719 ( Total: £7,343)
- Acquired in:
Mr Taylor was a trustee of Haworth Church and instrumental in Patrick BrontÃ«Â’s appointment to the living. Maria was a friend to Charlotte BrontÃ«, Branwell's sister. It is believed that the painting was originally a full-length portrait, which must have represented a valuable commission for Branwell as he set out to create a career for himself as a portrait painter.
By descent through the sitterÂ’s family. Previously on loan to Bronte Parsonage Museum.