To the top left of the backing paper "Soeurs Bronte" is written in
pencil. It has been suggested that this is was not written by a French hand because of the omission
of "Les." Just above and below this are indistinct marks which may or may not be
Detail of the earlier writing on the
backing paper which reads "Soeurs
At a later date someone has written "Londres" and "Les
Soeurs Bronte" in ink. Only two sisters are known to have visited London at any
one time so if these are the Bronte sisters then this will not be the location.
If John Stewart did take the photograph then it would
probably be for George Smith in London. A copy (paper print) of the photo may have
been in London in the early 1860s because there are similarities with Frederick
Walker's watercolour, commissioned by George Smith in 1863.
Detail of the later handwriting on
the backing paper which reads "Londres" and "Les Soeurs
The backing consists of three sheets of paper: black, cream and blue.