Bronte Portrait Returns to Parsonage
A portrait of the Bronte sisters has been returned to their family home in Haworth.
The oil painting of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte together is back in the Bronte Parsonage.
It was painted by their brother Branwell in 1834 and then bought by the National Portrait Gallery in 1914 after it was rediscovered.
The painting is returning to Haworth to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte's birth.
It is at the Bronte Parsonage Museum for the first time since 1984.
It will be hung on the wall of the exhibition room in its former home, and previously only a copy hung in the museum.
Ann Dinsdale, the museum's curator, said: "It's a big day for the parsonage."
The painting is creased because it was discovered folded up on top of a cupboard in 1914 by the second wife of Charlotte's husband.
Its existence was known of because it was described by novelist Elizabeth Gaskell in 1853.
In the centre of the painting a figure can be seen concealed by a pillar painted over it.
It is thought the ghostly image could well be Branwell.
Ms Dinsdale said of the painter brother "he never quite mastered the technique of painting in oils".
The portrait will be on display until the end of August before returning to the National Portrait Gallery.
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