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

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.


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

Brontë Parsonage Museum

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