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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
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 photograph.
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,
Whether these are the Bronte Sisters or not, the ladies resemble...
LEFT: Charlotte Bronte (1816–55) CENTRE: Emily Bronte (1818–48) RIGHT: Anne