The Reverend William Gaskell (1879).

The Reverend William Gaskill

Photo: J. Russell.

From the notice by the picture in Manchester Art Gallery: 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.

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.




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