"Her hair was a very pretty light brown, and fell on her neck in
graceful curls. She had lovely violet-blue eyes, fine pencilled eyebrows and a clear almost
"[Emily] and gentle Anne were to be seen
twined together as united statues of power and humility. They were to be seen with their
arms lacing each other in their younger days whenever their occupations permitted their
Anne by Charlotte's friend, Ellen Nussey.
"A gentle, quiet, rather subdued
person, by no means pretty, yet of a pleasing appearance.....Her manner was
curiously expressive of a wish for protection and encouragement, a kind of constant
appeal which invited sympathy."
Description of Anne by the publisher
"Emily and Anne were like twins — inseparable companions, and in the
very closest sympathy, which never had any interruption... but Anne was quite different
in appearance from the others."
Description of Anne by Charlotte's friend, Ellen
This last remark by Ellen
Nussey could be taken to mean that Anne's appearance resembled more the paternal Bronte
side and her sisters' the maternal Branwell side. There are photographs of the sisters'
distant cousins, on the Branwell side of the family, on the Penlee House Museum Website