Photos: Jonathan Russell.

Annie “was invited to paint the portrait on the recommendation of the sitter’s daughters, Meta and Julia. It was her most important commission to date. Meta and Julia also helped her establish her artistic career in London. They introduced her to artists John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones.” (From notice by picture in Manchester Art Gallery, ‘Painting Light and Hope’ retrospective of Annies works, 26 Feb 2018 – 6 Jan 2019.)

William Gaskell was a keen charity worker and supporter of working class educational needs. His wife was novelist and biographer of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 711 x 866 mm (0.62 m²), assumed unframed size.
  • History: has ALR monogram and is dated 1879; bequeathed [to Manchester Art Gallery] by Mrs M. E. Gaskell, 1914; exhibited Manchester Art Gallery, 23 Feb 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.
  • Location: Manchester Art Gallery.



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