Marking the author’s incredible achievements in the bicentenary year of her birth.

The exhibition includes a series of personal mementos which once belonged to Charlotte, on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire and rarely shown in London. Demonstrating Charlotte's prolific creative output are examples of her paintings, letters and journal entries, as well as the 'little books' she made with her sisters and first editions of Jane Eyre. Her cloth ankle boots are also on display.

These items are joined with portraits from the gallery's collection; chalk drawings of Charlotte and her first biographer Elizabeth Gaskell by George Richmond are shown alongside depictions of her heroes and associates such as the Duke of Wellington, poet Lord Byron and novelist William Thackeray.

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St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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Saturday - Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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