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The Soane celebrated 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë in an imaginative display featuring the writer's treasured possessions.
Born in 1816, Brontë lived most of her life in obscurity in Yorkshire, but following the meteoric success of Jane Eyre in 1847, she made five trips to London to see her publisher. These trips were the foundation of this small display, curated by artist Charlotte Cory, who brought together a fascinating selection of objects: from the personal effects Brontë brought with her, on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire, to Cory’s own artworks inspired by these five visits to the capital.
On display was a dress that Brontë wore to a dinner with her publisher, in London for the first time since she wore it, as well as newly discovered sketches of the Brontë sisters, drawn by their sister Anne, the first time they were exhibited.