This profile photo is still sometimes published as an image of Charlotte
Bronte but few historians would use it today. The image is from a glass negative found in 1984 at
the National Portrait Gallery in London with the index card labelled 'Charlotte Bronte.'
At Haworth, in 1986, a carte de visite (small photo on paper) of the same image
was discovered amongst a bequest to the Bronte Museum from a reliable source. This photo had
"within a year of CB's death" written on the reverse so it appeared to confirm
identification as Charlotte.
It seemed genuine but was the result of an error made decades earlier. The photo
at the NPG was a copy made c1918 by the photographer, Emery Walker, from the carte de visite photo
(now at Haworth) which was then privately owned. At the BPM is another copy of the
carte de visite photo from another source with "Ellen Nussey" written on the
reverse. This is a portrait of Ellen Nussey (1817-97), taken "within a year of CB's
death" and not a portrait of Charlotte Bronte. 1.