As the niece of Branwell Brontë's unsympathetic landlady Mrs Kirby, Margaret shared a house in Bradford with Branwell. She wrote flatteringly of him after his death that he was a 'very steady young gentleman, his conduct was exemplary, and we liked him very much'. Close examination of the portrait shows that she began the sitting wearing a different dress with a high neck frill, but that Branwell painted over it at a later date.
Where to see this painting?
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, BD22 8DR
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.