Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855
Past display archive
22 February - 14 August 2016
by George Richmond
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë marks the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century. Charlotte Brontë’s novels, which include Jane Eyre (1847), Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853) continue to capture the imaginations of readers today. This display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Central to the display will be the presentation of new research into the only surviving painted portraits of Charlotte with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, by their brother Branwell, in the Gallery’s Collection. This will explore the intriguing story of its discovery folded on top of a wardrobe, subsequent acquisition by the Gallery and its restoration.
© National Portrait Gallery, London
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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.
- Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (NPG 1471)
- Lord Byron (NPG 1047)
- Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt (NPG 993)
- Emily Brontë (NPG 1724)
- The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë) (NPG 1725)
- William Makepeace Thackeray (NPG 4210)
- George Henry Lewes (NPG 1373)
- Robert Southey (NPG 841)
- Harriet Martineau (NPG 1796)
- Charlotte Brontë (NPG 1452)
- Elizabeth Gaskell (NPG 1720)
- George Smith (NPG 1620)