160 by 120mm., pencil drawing, inscribed by Patrick Brontë "By my daughter, Charlotte | P. Bronte, Min[iste]r.", framed and glazed, slight spotting
J. Horsfall Turner; and thence by family descent
Alexander and Sellars 134
This portrait of a young woman was printed, as a frontispiece illustration of Anne Brontë, within The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in the Thornton edition of the Novels of the Brontës (Edinburgh, 1907). The original was untraced by Christine Alexander and Jane Sellars for their The art of the Brontës (Cambridge, 1995). Attribution of the subject of this drawing as Anne Brontë is, as described by Alexander and Sellars, "suspect".
The sheet (with a 'Dobbs London' embossed stamp at the head) was evidently cut from a larger sheet for the reverse reveals a trimmed section of an entirely unknown pencil drawing showing trees by an abbey wall. The style of this drawing strongly suggests Charlotte as the artist.
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