Encouraged by the sexist notions of his day, poor Branwell was rather full of himself starting out. Based on the evidence of his painting abilities in this famous portrait, it’s astounding to me that the Brontës believed Branwell was Royal Academy material. From an article in The New York Times on the new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum:

Branwell lacked talent, sad to say, and his depiction of Charlotte gives little or no sense of what she looked like.

I’m looking foward to the new BBC production on the Brontës showing on PBS on March 26, 2017. Would have been nice if MK had a role in it…


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