When Branwell Brontë went to Bradford to work as a portrait painter a friend of his father found accommodation for him in his own respectable street. Branwell lodged and had a studio with Mr Kirby, an ale and porter merchant, at 3 Fountain Street, where he painted the whole family's portraits, possibly in lieu of rent. The Kirby paintings constitute the artist's best work in oils, and Branwell manages to convey here the idea of a rather dreamy, melancholy man.
Where to see this painting?
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, BD22 8DR
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