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Mrs Isaac Kirby

Photo credit: Brontë Parsonage Museum

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This rather unflattering portrait of Branwell's landlady matches his unflattering view of her. In a letter of 1839 he writes, 'Mrs Kirby's name is an eyesore to me – what does the Woman mean? – How can I come paddling to Bradford with my wallet on my back in order to varnish her portraits? ...I would give the amount contained in this letter or twice it to silence her chattering.'

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Keighley


Date

1838–1839

Medium

oil on wood panel

Measurements

H 35 x W 30 cm

Accession number

B24

Acquisition method

gift from the Ingram Family, 1952

Work type

Painting


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

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