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The Lincolnshire Link Boy

Photo credit: Brontë Parsonage Museum

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Probably copied from a print, this painting would have been a good opportunity for Branwell to practise using chiaroscuro effects, depicting the different ways in which the light from the boy's lantern falls on his face. A link-boy was someone who ran ahead of a horse-drawn carriage carrying a lantern to light the way ahead. This painting hung for many years in Ponden Hall, Stanbury, near Haworth, home of the Heaton family.

Brontë Parsonage Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    22.5 x 19 cm (E)

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from Gladys Shackleton, 1990

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Church Street Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD22 8DR England

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