1 of 3 portraits of Emily Brontë
by Patrick Branwell Brontë
oil on canvas, arched top, circa 1833
21 1/2 in. x 13 3/4 in. (546 mm x 349 mm)
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This portraitback to top
The novelist and poet Emily Brontë is generally acknowledged to be the most considerable poet of the three Brontë sisters; her novel Wuthering Heights (1847), was not acclaimed as a masterpiece until after her death. This painting, which was discovered at the same time as the famous group portrait of the Brontë sisters, is apparently all that remains of another group portrait of the siblings by their brother Branwell. The edge of a male shoulder, presumably a self-portrait of the artist, can be seen to the left.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 60
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 78
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Celebrating Charlotte Brontë (22 February 2016 - 14 August 2016)
Events of 1833back to top
Current affairsShaftesbury's Factory Act is passed regulating women's hours and providing for the education of children working in the textile industry. Bank Act is passed, making Bank of England notes Britain's legal tender.
Art and scienceCharles Lamb publishes Last Essays of Elia after the enormous success of his earlier Essays. A comic allegorization of his humdrum clerical job they become one of the period's literary sensations.Charles Dickens begins his series Sketches by Boz in the Monthly Magazine.
InternationalAbolition of slavery in the British Empire; 780,000 slaves are freed, £20 million is allocated as compensation for slave owners and a six year apprenticeship system for freed slaves is established.
Exhibitions and displays
- Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855
Until 14 August
- Performance: Charlotte, Emily and Anne
30 June, 19:00