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Isaac Kirby (d.1844)

Photo credit: Brontë Parsonage Museum

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When Branwell Brontë went to Bradford to work as a portrait painter a friend of his father found accommodation for him in his own respectable street. Branwell lodged and had a studio with Mr Kirby, an ale and porter merchant, at 3 Fountain Street, where he painted the whole family's portraits, possibly in lieu of rent. The Kirby paintings constitute the artist's best work in oils, and Branwell manages to convey here the idea of a rather dreamy, melancholy man.

Brontë Parsonage Museum





oil on wood panel


H 35.5 x W 30.5 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Ingram Family, 1952

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

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