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Two 'alleged' portraits of Emily Brontë have recently been entered in auctions. News of a third ‘Bronte portrait’ in almost as many months is certain to be viewed with a touch of scepticism. But this find is different.Supporting evidence versus Authentication Problems.
It is not a painting, but a photograph, and it claims to depict not one, but all three Sisters.
As no photos exist – apart from one of Charlotte - this would be the first true likeness of the Brontë Sisters. If this were proved right it would be a truly remarkable find.
Despite distinct similarities to the Sisters, and many tantalising clues, the photo still lacks that final piece of hard evidence. Because of this it remains unauthenticated.
The research is presented here to give members of the Brontë Society and Brontë researchers the opportunity to judge whether this is a genuine photograph. They may be able to correct errors or help with information. Hopefully at some stage in the future it will be either authenticated or dismissed as an image of the Brontë Sisters.