Ellen Moxon married William Quiller Orchardson on 6 April 1873. This portrait of her is dated 1872, therefore just predating their marriage. The portrait remained in her possession until her death in 1917, and was presumably a cherished reminder of her marriage. The couple went on to have four sons and two daughters. His wife was once again celebrated in paint in `Master Baby? of 1886 (NG 1138), which shows Ellen playing with their young son Gordon.