Several years ago a photo titled "The Bronte Sisters" was found
in France. It wasn't thought to be of any great interest until it was discovered that there were no
photos of the sisters.
A photo on glass, it dates from the 1850s, and written on the back in French is
“Les Sœurs Brontë.” Although Emily and Anne died in the 1840s, copies were made of
their other portraits in the 1850s, one by a photographer from France.1.
Left: Branwell Bronte's 'Pillar' portrait of the Bronte
sisters. It was hidden away and not seen by the public until 1914.
Right: The collodion photo which dates from the 1850s.
If these are the Bronte sisters then the photo is a copy of an 1840s