Is this a photograph of the Bronte sisters?



2015-07-20 10:59:01

Collector Seamus Molloy believes he has found the only known photograph of the three Bronte sisters-after buying it on eBay for £15.

Molloy bought the antique photograph on the auction site after thinking the three women pictured closely resembled the famous Bronte sisters. He further claims to have identified the word 'Bells' on the reverse of the image using photo enhancing software-the sisters famously used the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

If confirmed, it will be the only known photograph of the sisters in existance-though Bronte academics remain skeptical.

Catherine Rayner, of the Bronte Society, has said that the Society are not completely dismissing the claim and that there is a possiblity that the photograph could go forward for forensic examination.

Ann Dinsdale, of the Bronte Museum, has said that the image is 'unlikely' to be of the Bronte sisters while The National Media Museum in Bradford told Mr Molloy the image is a ‘collodian positive’ which is a process that was only available after 1852-after both Anne and Emily Bronte had died. 

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