These two attractive watercolours have been preserved for some time in a folder, of which one panel now remains and is inscribed by two of the Sidgwick children, William (b.1829) and John Benson (b.1835), and further inscribed "Healds Hall" by William. Healds Hall was a boarding school for boys some 25 miles from Stonegappe, and reveals a further Brontë connection: Charlotte herself had taught only a few miles from Healds Hall in 1837, when Margaret Wooler moved her school at Roe Head to nearby Healds House. She certainly knew of the boys school and its master Hammond Roberson, on whom she based Rev. Helstone in Shirley.
The sheet on which the study of three flowers is executed bears a partial embossed stamp reading "Dobbs London", also seen on a portrait study attributed to Brontë sold in these rooms (10 July 2012, lot 61).
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