Patrick Bramwell Brontë – Biography

Patrick Bramwell Brontë was the only brother among six children. Three of his sisters were the famous Brontë sisters, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne.

Patrick Bronte Family

Brontë’s parents Patrick and Maria first stayed with their children near Bradford, Yorkshire and then moved their entire family to Haworth where Patrick Bramwell Brontë was appointed as the permanent curacy of the area in 1821.

Patrick Bramwell Brontë
Patrick Branwell Brontë

Brontë was educated at home by his father while the rest of his sisters were at boarding school. Brontë was given a classical education. Along with his paintings, Brontë is also known for his work with literature. As a child, he wrote several plays for his sisters with fantastical characters and sagas in West Africa.

Branwell Bronte Painting

Brontë started his venture into painting when his father engaged John Bradley as the drawing inspired Brontë into art and architecture. After Bradley left for America, Brontë continued his studies under William Robinson.

Patrick Bramwell Brontë

Under the letter’s guidance, he painted a portrait of his thaw sisters in 1834. He had initially included himself in the painting, t was not happy with the outcome so he painted himself out of it. This painting is now exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.

Brontë worked as a portrait painter in Bradford between 1838-39. His Subjects were people who he was with every day and had an involvement in his leg. These included his landlady and his sister Emily.

Branwell Bronte Poems

However, this was short-lived when Brontë with his father started to review classics. Brontë thought that this will help him become a tutor. During this time, he still continued his literary work which included sending poems and articles to Thomas de Quincey and Hartley Coleridge.

Branwell Brontë

Coleridge encouraged Brontë to pursue translations of Horace’s Odes. In 1840, Brontë moved to Halifax where many artists, painters, and sculptors resided. One of them was James Bentley Leyland and Francis Grundy, who happened to be acquaintances of Brontë.

He took up a job as an assistant clerk in charge at the Sowerby Bridge railway station. However, he was fired because of some missing cash from the accounts while he went out drinking.

Patrick Bramwell Brontë Biography

Brontë went on to take another tutor position in 1843 where he tutored the Reverend Edmund Robinson’s son. There he began an affair with the Reverend’s wife after which he was dismissed from his post at the household.

After Mrs. Robinson made it clear that she was not going to marry Brontë, he spiraled in alcoholism and financial struggles.

Brontë did not have much luck with portraits and literature and was not famous for his paintings during his time. He died of Tuberculosis at the Haworth parsonage on 1848 and was laid to rest at the family church at Haworth.

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