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This photo, entitled "The Bronte
Sisters," was found in France and purchased to help illustrate a
book. The book wasn't Bronte-related and the photo wasn't thought to be of
any great interest.
It was later discovered that there
were no photos of the Bronte Sisters and the present research began.
A photo on glass,1. it dates from the
1850s, and written on the back in French is “Les
Sœurs Brontë.” Although Emily and Anne died in
the 1840s, copies were made of their other portraits in the 1850s, one by a
photographer from France.
The website explores whether this is
just a staged portrayal of the Bronte Sisters, or a copy of an earlier, genuine
You can compare these ladies with images and
descriptions of the Bronte Sisters and there's research on the fashions, early
photography and the artist friends of their brother, Branwell.
Whether these are the Bronte Sisters or not, the
LEFT: Charlotte Bronte
(1816–55) CENTRE: Emily Bronte (1818–48) RIGHT: Anne Bronte