Like all proper young ladies of the time -- especially those who wanted to work as teachers or governesses -- Charlotte practiced drawing and painting by copying from books. The painting above was done in sepia (I had never known that the color is named for the cuttlefish whose brownish ink was used for writing and painting from Roman times until the nineteenth century.)
But I really love the doodles on the left. This is what Charlotte Bronte drew to amuse herself -- fashionable young ladies and potential dress designs.
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