J W Quinn from Essex moved to Darlington two years ago. He has always seen himself as a painter, but family and other commitments got in the way. When he retired, he had more time to paint and has exhibited in Darlington's Town Hall. At 72 years old his career is just beginning.
Portrait of Unknown woman
James story of the painting.
The painting is of Mrs Lydia Robinson of Thorpe Green Hall near York. She
employed Anne Bronte as her governess to her two girls and Branwell Bronte to
tutor her son. She had an affair with Branwell who painted this portrait of Lydia
in 1844 he was dismissed by the husband Rev Edward Robinson. Anne Bronte
left also and used her time at Thorpe Green Hall to write her 2nd novel The
Tenet of Wildfell Hall published 1848 considered to be the first feminist novel.
This painting is now apart of the Darlington Art Collection.