Charlotte Bronte and the Author Portrait

Hosted by the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society

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Nov 17, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM


New Walk Museum

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The Secretary

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01455 209291

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Given by Dr Julian North

Charlotte Bronte has always been seen as a writer who was shy of publicity, but the evidence suggests that she thought carefully about how her reputation might be shaped through portraiture - and that she was less modest in her self-image than has previously been recognised. This lecture will consider Bronte's own, fantasy author portraits, drawn in the 1930's when she was a teenager; her feelings about the now-famous portrait by George Richmond (1850); and the new evidence that she was invited to sit for a daguerreotype portrait, and refused. the lecture will end by showing how her image was used and transformed by the Victorians after her death.

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