Portraits of publicity-shy Brontë sister examined

Posted by pt91 at Nov 13, 2014 11:50 AM |
Prestigious lecture by Leicester academic on 17 November discusses Jane Eyre author
Portraits of publicity-shy Brontë sister examined

Portrait by J. H. Thompson at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

This year’s prestigious annual lecture for the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society is to be given by Dr Julian North of our School of English.

In her lecture 'Charlotte Brontë and the Author Portrait', Dr North compares the contradictory perception of the Jane Eyre author as retiring from public life with her close interest in her portraits.

The lecture takes place on Monday 17 November at the Art Gallery and Museum, New Walk, 7.30 pm. All visitors are welcome on payment of £3.

Dr North said: “Charlotte Brontë has always been seen as a writer who was shy of publicity and wanted to "walk invisible".

“But the evidence suggests that she thought carefully about how her reputation might be shaped through portraits – and that she was less modest in her self-image than has previously been recognised.

“This lecture will consider Brontë’s own, fantasy author portraits, drawn in the 1830s when she was a teenager; her feelings about the now-famous portrait by George Richmond (1850); and 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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