Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

George Richmond, RA (1809-1896)



23 5/8 in. x 18 3/4 in. (600 mm x 476 mm)

National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 1452

Bequeathed by the sitter's husband, Rev A. B. Nicholls, 1906

Jane Sellars writes that this portrait, which was commissioned by Charlotte Brontē's publisher George Smith as a present for her father, "established a kind of pictorial symbol for the the face of Charlotte Brontë that persists to this day" (123). [Commentary continues below.]

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