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The Bronte’s Personal effects

Posted in BRONTE BITES, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, LONDON (JAUNTS), YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by echostains

George III mahogany desk formerly belonging to Charlotte Bronte

I was interested  to hear about a desk, purported to have belonged to Charlotte Bronte and a Geometry set and art box belonging to Emily.  They were auctioned off at Sotherby’s (see the results on the Bronte Blog HERE.  The owner William Law was a keen collector of Bronte memorabilia and bought directly from Rev. Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Emily Bronte's art box

I did see a writing set  at  the Bronte Parsonage Museum in September last year, but frustratingly I can’t remember whose they were,  (Our trip HERE).  I do think personally owned articles like this set the owner in context and bring their lives alive for Bronte followers.  Sadly, personal Bronteana is very rare now and it is not very often that these kind of items come up for auction.  It does make me think though: how many people  still own Bronteana – that people will never get the opportunity to see?  Perhaps these items shall be guarded and treasured or perhaps future generations will sell them or even just loan  to the Bronte Museum for us all to enjoy, – I hope so..

Bronte writing desk detail

 More of my posts about our trip to  Haworth;=

Staying at Wuthering Heights (as one does)

Did the REAL Charlotte Bronte just Stand up?

Black Sheep Branwell – It wasn’t All Rock and Roll

Haworth STIL Wuthering and Very Much So!

An article by the Yorkshire post about these exciting finds HERE

Or for more Bronteana, why not pop over to the Bronteana Blogspot HERE

The Bronte Parsonage Museum Blogspot has more to say on this and other acquired Bronteana

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My 190th Post: A short Summary

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by echostains

PAGE 11 SHOES

PAGE 11 SHOES

Well, I’ve reached my 190th post.  As usual I like to sum up what I’ve done every 10 posts or so….plus, I can see which areas needs attention.  Without checking back I already know that I haven’t done any more in my altered book for a while.  plus my Transcription and Surfaces haven’t been featured lately either.  I need to get on to these.

ron mueck ghost

ron mueck ghost

In the last seven days, Art I LOVE featured sculptor Ron Mueck and celebrated the birthday of Post Impressionist Paul Gauguin.  I featured a lovely teapot that cheered me up.

flying saucer teapot by Dwo  Wen Chen

flying saucer teapot by Dwo Wen Chen

There was only one Bronte Bite in the last 10 days or so and that was my own personal review of the Most Haunted programme repeat from Haworth. 

Haworth parsonage and graveyard

Haworth parsonage and graveyard

 I did a few posts about Britain’s Got Talent which I was glued to; links to these posts are at the bottom of this page.

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

I also celebrated ONE whole year SMOKEFREE! and talked about old Dolls houses and waxen faced dolls  in the Design category I did more than I first thought after all!

stop-smoking-

stop-smoking-

My 160th Post: Still Rambling on

Posted in ART, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by echostains

Ghosts of the past walk this way (with orbs)

Ghosts of the past walk this way (with orbs)

Well, I can’t believe that this is my 160th post!  What on earth have I found to write (or ramble on about?)  I now have 11 categories.  Some of these are well left behind – like the London Jaunt and LasVegas.  They’re nice to look back on though.  I am continuing with my Transcription.  That consists of two journals stuck together and  I am nearly coming to the end of the first one.

 

 transcription journal front

transcription journal front

I have some more surfaces to continue with yet.  The altered art book has 3 pages before the first chapter is finished.  I am then into brand new territory.  Some pages have been prepared, but the words haven’t been chosen (which was  the case when the book disappeared for a few years then popped up.  I then couldn’t remember WHY I’d chosen those particular words, but decided to try to work with them anyway. There are three chapters altogether. 

page7 and8 altered art book

page7 and8 altered art book

I have introduced a new section called ‘Dear Reader I Read it’ which will critique what I’m reading, or re reading.  Another category is called ‘Bronte Bites’.  This will be about stuff relating to the Brontes.  The Brontes fascinate me, but I do not purport to be an expert on them by any means.  I’m always willing to learn what I can about them from people who are more knowledgable than me.  So any opinion that I give is only my own opinion, and not an expert one.

bronte_sisters by branwell bronte c1834

bronte_sisters by branwell bronte c1834

I will be continuing with ‘Art I LOVE’, because I love SO MUCH art!  I am finding it increasingly difficult to actually do any art (apart from my altered book) as I have so many other things on the go.  That’s my update anyway, and where I am up to at the moment.

Recently read: ‘The Bronte’s Haworth’ The place and the people the Bronte’s knew by S. R. Whitehead

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES with tags , , , on May 6, 2009 by echostains
bronte-haworth-book

bronte-haworth-book

 

I bought this book on my recent visit to Haworth.  I got it from the Parsonage Museum shop where there are copious amounts of Bronte books, new ones are coming out all the time and it’s hard to keep track of them.

This book one deals with the Bronte’s relationship with their village,the people who lived there and the Bronte’s  own place in the community.  The book has some old pictures which I’ve never seen before.  It is well written and informative and sets the famous writers in context to their environment.  It is a short book, (just over 150 pages or so), but it is well worth reading to get the idea of the environment the Brontes lived and ultimately died in and the history of the Church and village in its moorland setting.  If going to visit, then this book is  a must.

Will the real Charlotte Bronte PLEASE stand up!

Posted in BRONTE BITES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , on May 4, 2009 by echostains

There have not been many portraits of the famous writer Charlotte Bronte, so it’s a bit of a tall order to establish what she really looked like.  One person who at least had a bit of an idea having lived with her, was her brother Branwell.  He painted quite a few portraits of people he knew.  How objective was he though about his own sisters?  I do not think he would be flattering, and  I get the feeling that he would try to truthfully portray them, warts and all.  He was particularly scathing about his own portrait which he couldn’t get right – he just  painted his own face  out!

bronte_sisters by-branwell-bronte-c1834

bronte_sisters by-branwell-bronte-c1834

 

The most flattering one is the George Richmond portrait. This is the one that most people associate with Charlotte.  It has been said that Richmond greatly flattered Charlotte in this portrait.

charlotte-bronte-by-george-richmoond-18503.jpg NPG 1452, Charlotte BrontÎ (Mrs A.B. Nicholls)

 

 

 

 

charlotte-bronte-by-george-richmoond-18503.jpg NPG 1452, Charlotte BrontÎ (Mrs A.B. Nicholls)

And here’s another one purported to be of  Charlotte…though I can’t see it  myself.  There’s an article about it here.  Personally, I think that this lady looks more like Charlotte’s biographer Elizabeth Gaskell.

charlotte-talked-about-sitting-for-a-portrait-whilst-in-brussels

charlotte-talked-about-sitting-for-a-portrait-whilst-in-brussels

 

 

elizabeth-gaskell early champion and biographer

elizabeth-gaskell early champion and biographer

 

I rather like this one by J H Thompson.  Again, I get the impression that this glamorises Charlotte.  Nonetheless, there is a homeliness also within this portrayal that persuades me that the photo below and the painting are of the same person.  Now, whether that person is Charlotte, is another matter.

J H Thompson portrait

J H Thompson portrait

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is the photograph purported to be Charlotte Bronte.

 
 
Could this really be Charlotte?  I'd like to think so

Could this really be Charlotte? I'd like to think so

 
 

We will never know what she really looked like, which is a shame.  All we have to go on is this description by Charlotte’s friend and publisher George Smith: –

I must confess that my first impression of Charlotte Bronte’s personal appearance was that it was interesting rather than attractive.  She was very small, and had a quaint old fashioned look.  Her head seemed to large for her body.  She had fine eyes, but her face was marred by the shape of the mouth and by the complexion.  There was but little feminine charm about her….’

How very charming of him eh!  And him such an oil painting himself….. Charlotte did receive four proposals of marriage in her life time though, so four men at least disagreed with Smith!

george smith no gentleman

george smith no gentleman

 More about the Haworth journey here