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Charlotte Brontë

2 of 4 portraits of Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë, by George Richmond, 1850 - NPG 1452 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charlotte Brontë

by George Richmond
chalk, 1850
23 5/8 in. x 18 3/4 in. (600 mm x 476 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's husband, Rev A.B. Nicholls, 1906
Primary Collection
NPG 1452


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  • George Richmond (1809-1896), Portrait painter and draughtsman; son of Thomas Richmond. Artist associated with 326 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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Brontë's publisher, George Smith, commissioned this portrait of the novelist from Richmond as a gift for her father, who saw in it 'strong indications of the genius of the author'. Elizabeth Gaskell recalled seeing the portrait hung in the parlour of the Haworth parsonage, and a copy of it appeared in her biography.

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  • Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 59
  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 206
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 78

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