The ray of moonlight appearing in the middle of this picture is a dramatic light effect which would have had a special appeal for Branwell Brontë, recalling, as it does, his interest in the work of John Martin. The subject may relate to his knowledge of Edwin Landseer's paintings such as 'The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner', known widely through prints. For many years the painting was owned by Alfred Harris, a Bradford banker, Quaker and wealthy art collector, who had frequent contact with local artists such as Branwell.
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.