Two 'alleged' portraits of Emily Bronte have recently been entered in auctions
The research is presented here to give members of the Bronte Society and Bronte researchers the opportunity to judge whether this is a genuine photograph.
Research set off to a bad start. The Bronte Museum had never seen the photo and with no photos of Emily or Anne to compare, they couldn’t authenticate it. Experts thought it unlikely to be a copy of an 1840s photo. It was a real conundrum.
Gradually, over twelve months, the history behind this photograph has yielded some of its secrets. Most of the initial questions have been answered, but it has created dozens more and further research could carry on for years.This website brontesistersphoto has been created to list the findings to date. The history of the Bronte Sisters merges into the history of photography and the results are quite intriguing.