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Museum buys new Bronte portrait
Detail of portrait of Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Bronte talked about sitting for a portrait while in Brussels
A rare portrait of Charlotte Bronte has been added to the collection at the Bronte Parsonage Museum at Haworth.

The painting is one of only five or her known to be in existence and is thought to be have been produced while the writer was staying in Brussels.

It was bought at a London auction by the Bronte Society and will go on display in Haworth in February.

The society also bought five sketches by Charlotte Bronte and envelopes for letters already in their collection.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) helped with the purchase of the items.

Fiona Spiers from HLF said: "Our help means these rare Bronte treasures can now be enjoyed by visitors to the Parsonage Museum as well as eventually being made available to the widest possible audience when the development's of the museum' s online catalogue.... is completed next year."


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