Portrait of Maria Taylor of Stanbury by Branwell Brontë

Maria Taylor was the daughter of Stephen Taylor of the Manor House at Stanbury.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
58.9 x 49.8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,719 ( Total: £7,343)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Bonhams

Mr Taylor was a trustee of Haworth Church and instrumental in Patrick Brontë’s appointment to the living. Maria was a friend to Charlotte Brontë, 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.

Provenance

By descent through the sitterÂ’s family. Previously on loan to Bronte Parsonage Museum.

Venue details

Brontë Parsonage Museum Church Street, Haworth, KEIGHLEY West Yorkshire BD22 8DR 01535 642323 www.bronte.org.uk

Entry details

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