Linda Pierson, a library research volunteer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, examines Charlotte Brontë’s watercolours following their arrival at the Haworth museum.
TwO of Charlotte Brontë’s watercolours have been delivered to the Brontë Parsonage Museum ready for display next year. The Brontë Society, which runs the Haworth museum, bought the paintings in July during an auction at Sotheby’s. Experts have attributed both pictures to Charlotte, the writer of classic novel Jane Eyre and the eldest of the tragic Brontë sisters. The parsonage this week tweeted a picture of the watercolours on a desk at the museum, and said they will be handed to conservation staff so they can be prepared for display in 2016.
One watercolour is a study of a white carnation, and the other depicts a convolvulus, a crocus and an aster. The pictures were previously unknown and have never been on public display. They are connected to the Sidgwick family, for whom Charlotte Brontë worked as a governess in 1839. Charlotte is best known for writing novels, such as Jane Eyre, but her early ambition was to earn her living as an artist
She was an accomplished painter, but came to realise she did not have the necessary level of skill to have a career in this field. Literature experts said Charlotte’s ability to observe and accurately record detail was a valuable foundation for her written work and a contributing factor in her subsequent success as an author.