Anne Brontë [?] (2)

Charlotte Brontë


Pencil on paper (but original untraced)

Source: Frontispiece, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Murray ed. 1920)

This portrait is inscribed "[f]rom a pencil drawing by Charlotte Brontë," and the subject is identified below it as Anne Brontë. It may remind us that George Smith described Anne as "a gentle, quiet, rather subdued person, by no means pretty, yet of a pleasing appearance." Yet Smith added that "[h]er manner was curiously expressive of a wish for protection and encouragement, a kind of constant appeal which invited sympathy" (qtd. in Barker 559), whereas this young woman looks rather composed and self-sufficient. [Commentary continues below.]

Image acquisition and text by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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