This water-colour was originally attributed to Charlotte, but recent evidence indicates it was almost certainly by Anne. It had once belonged to a family called 'Anderson' in Greater Ouseburn - apparently given to them by the Robinson children to whom Anne was governess. Edward Chitham suggests it may be Anne's portrait of Mary Robinson - one of her charges. Others have suggested that it may be an attempt at a self portrait.
This pencil sketch was drawn while Anne was at home during her summer holidays from Thorp Green. On the reverse side she has written: 'A very bad picture drawn June 24th 1842 by Anne Brontë'. Edward Chitham believes it may be a portrait of one of the Robinson girls, and Anne's comment means that it is a poor likeness. However, Christine Alexander and Jane Sellars, in their book The Art of the Brontës, make the interesting suggestion that it may be an attempt at a self portrait...
Anne Brontë (January 7, 1820 – May 28, 1849) was the daughter of an impoverished clergyman of Haworth in Yorkshire, England. Considered by many critics as the least talented of the Brontë sisters, Anne wrote two novels. Agnes Grey (1847) is the story of a governess, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), is a tale of the evils of drink and profligacy.
Constantin Heger --- While living in Belgium, Charlotte fell in love with her married teacher, Professor Constantin Heger. She wrote many letters to him that referencing these feelings. Heger tore up the letters and threw them away. His wife salvaged them, however, and sewed them back together. Charlotte’s feelings for Heger served as the basis of her novel Villette, about the unrequited love of a woman for her instructor.