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John Ogden Wood (1831–1896)

Photo credit: Brontë Parsonage Museum

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Five-year-old John Ogden Wood was the son of William Wood, the Haworth village carpenter, who supplied the Brontës with wood for framing in exchange for their early drawings. He later made furniture for Branwell's sister Charlotte. The painting of the boy's face and the dog at his side have both been restored, but the rest of the painting suffers badly from crackelure; the cracked, crazed look of paint when bitumen has been mixed with it.

Brontë Parsonage Museum


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    74 x 59 cm (E)

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by Herbert Hollinrake, 1994


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

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