This 1841 watercolour painting by Emily Brontë is of her pet merlin – a bird of prey – that was rescued from the moors. Brontë named the bird 'Nero', presumably after the tyrannical Roman emperor. The painting is closely observed – particularly of the bird's plumage – and precisely executed, highlighting Brontë's artistic skills.
This item is owned by The Bronte Parsonage Museum.
- Article by:
- John Bowen
- The novel 1832–1880
Situating Emily Brontë in her hometown of Haworth – a small Yorkshire mill town surrounded by moors – Professor John Bowen reflects on the representation of landscape in Wuthering Heights.