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There are no known photographs of the Bronte Sisters but an 'alleged' photo of them has been discovered.
It needs authenticating. Can anyone help the researcher?
The photo is thought to be a Collodion copy of a Daguerreotype. The photographer who they think copied it is John Stewart of Pau, France & London, England. He was brother-in-law of Sir John Herschel.
The original photo must have been taken before Emily died in 1848.
Why is there is no backdrop, just a brick wall?
How to tell if it is copy or not?
the website is here https://sites.google.com/site/brontesistersphoto/
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I came across an article in the Bradford Observer 19th November 1857 p8 which describes how two visitors to Haworth and to Patrick Bronte himself came across a frame of photographs outside a chemists shop in Haworth and bought a portrait of Patrick…Continue
Started by Steve Lightfoot Aug 9, 2017.
The solution that a copy had been made of a daguerreotype sounds plausible. But how could such a portrait have been found in France?John Stewart lived in France because of the poor health of his mother in law. With her he visited the Pau region.…Continue
Started by Izaak Boone. Last reply by Izaak Boone Oct 3, 2016.
I am always fascinated by these mysteries, but in my experience they usually get involved in so much minutiae that the central question becomes lost. I have no particular knowledge of the Brontes, but as a photo historian, this looks to me to be an…Continue
Started by Ken Jacobson. Last reply by james frederick gorin von grozny Aug 30.
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