Mystery of Bronte painting to be solved

Dust Jacket

Dust Jacket

2015-12-18 12:16:28

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. 

Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it