There are no known photographs of the Bronte Sisters but one intriguing image has yet to be explained.

The Bronte Sisters Photo

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The photo was found in France and purchased to help illustrate a book on early photography.

It wasn't thought to be of any great interest until it was 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 a possible location.

LEFT: Charlotte Bronte (1816–55)
CENTRE: Emily Bronte (1818–48)
RIGHT: Anne Bronte (1820–49)

1. This is a photo on glass and the correct English term is 'wet-plate collodion positive' but the American term 'ambrotype' is also widely used both sides of the Atlantic. So as not to confuse people, we refer to it as a 'photo on glass' throughout this website.