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John Brown (1804–1855)

Photo credit: Brontë Parsonage Museum

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John Brown was Branwell Brontë's friend, and worked as a stonemason and as sexton of Haworth Parish Church. This portrait dates from the period when Branwell was a student of art in Bradford, as well as having his own portrait studio there. It is in the 'grand style', and probably his most successful use of it. The stormy background sky, in particular, demonstrates Branwell's increasing mastery of the style.

Brontë Parsonage Museum





oil on canvas


H 93.5 x W 79 cm (E)

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Acquisition method

purchased from J. Brown Binns, 1911

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Brontë Parsonage Museum

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

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