Charlotte Bronte sketch revealed as self portrait

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Pages of Melanie

2015-10-28 09:57:10

A sketch which was completed by Charlotte Bronte has been revealed as a self portrait.

The drawing was initially thought to have been of another pupil at the Brussels boarding school which the author was attending before being identified as a self portrait by literary biographer Claire Harman.

Harman believes that the drawing may have inspired a scene in Bronte's masterpiece Jane Eyre, which was completed four years after the drawing.

She suggests that the portrait may have been sketched in a mirror in a similar fashion to the protagonist of the novel, who draws a self portrait to convince herself of her own unattractiveness so that she is not deluded into thinking her weathly employer Mr Rochester has any kind of feelings for her.

Bronte at the time the sketch was completed was suffering from an unrequited love.

The sketch was completed on Bronte's school atlas and has only been recently published.

 

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