Branwell Brontë Artwork

Another striking feature of the Brotherton's Branwell collection is the corpus of his pen and ink drawings. If he did not make his career as a portrait painter, he certainly had a talent for this. Some sketches reveal his wit; others the temperamental, even violent side of his nature; many his gloom; there is lugubrious humour in his little drawing of an old tombstone leaning dangerously into the ground and with only one word visible -- 'Resurgam' -- and a sense of a far more deeply troubled mind in the sketch of a strong man, chained, which is solemnly entitled 'Myself'.

BC MS 19c Brontë/B4/2

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BC MS 19c Brontë/B4/11

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