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Emily Brontë

1 of 21 portraits on display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery

Emily Brontë, by Patrick Branwell Brontë, circa 1833 - NPG 1724 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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)
Purchased, 1914
Primary Collection
NPG 1724


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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.

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  • NPG 1725: The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë) (related to)
  • NPG D32170: Emily Brontë (source portrait)

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