Bronte Parsonage Haworth exhibition focusses on sisters' animal instincts (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bronte Parsonage Haworth exhibition focusses on sisters' animal instincts
9:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth sees thousands of visitors each year, but its latest visitor may be the strangest one yet – a stuffed giraffe named Arthur.
The piece of taxidermy is part of an exhibition by surrealist photographer Charlotte Cory called “Capturing the Brontes” – an installation in the literary sisters’ home that presents an alternative Victorian history.
Arthur is joined by animal- headed Victorian gentry.
Charlotte joined the Bronte Society aged ten and is famous for “Visitoriana” – an alternative Victorian world where animals dominate.
Inspired by the sisters and their books, several of her characters are alternate versions of people from their lives, such as the cockatoo- headed biographer Mrs Gaskell.
The giraffe represents Charlotte Bronte’s publisher George Smith, who put his neck out by releasing the untested author’s work.
Capturing the Brontes starts on Saturday and runs until December 31.