Although designs and cartoons for stained glass were being prepared by Rosetti and other partners in Morris Marshall Faulkner & Co from the summer of 1861 onwards, it was not until November 1861 that a glazier was employed. It is therefore possible that the Woodbank panels were the firm's first completed commission, although other windows, for Selsey and Brighton and Darley Dale were in progress at the same time. The quality of the glass-painting, especially in the panels of the Heaton daughters, might suggest that Rosetti himself was involved in transferring his designs onto glass.
John Aldam Heaton was a designer and merchant of textiles, originally from Leeds, who moved to Woodbank in 1860/1861. Through his friendship with Rosetti, he made contact with the Morris firm and supplied it with a variety of fabrics. Heaton was also instrumental in securing a number of other stained glass commisions for the firm. When the Heaton's left the Woodbank House in Harden, Yorkshire in 1876, they took the glass with them. The panels were returned to the house in 1952 but then removed again and put in storage before being sold to the Gallery.