Mystery of Bronte painting to be solved
The famous portrait of the three Bronte sisters painted by their brother Branwell is being put through scientific testing to determine whether the shadowy figure gradually emerging from behind the pillar is in fact Branwell himself.
For years mystery has surrounded the portrait after the passage of time and fading paintwork began to reveal a shadowy figure behind the pillar painted in between the sisters.
It is believed that Branwell began a self portrait only to quickly abandon it and paint a pillar over himself.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth the National Portrait Gallery are now determined to reveal the story, and original image, as part of a new exhibition which will open in February.
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