'A Parody', a Gothic sketch by Branwell Brontë


This ink sketch by Branwell Brontë, brother to Emily and Charlotte Brontë, depicts a skeleton – Death – summoning a figure laid in bed for a 'fight' of sorts. The unresponsive, miserable figure, either sleeping or with his eyes shut, is believed to be Branwell. He died in the same year that this was drawn (1848), and this is his last known work. The outline in the background, right, depicts Haworth church and graveyard: another symbol of death.

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'A Parody'
estimated 1848
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Branwell Brontë
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