Surrealist artist rewrites Brontë

Date Posted: 06/09/2013

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in west Yorkshire has unveiled details of a witty new exhibition by surrealist photographer Charlotte Cory. Capturing the Brontës will run from 4th October to 31st December.

Charlotte Cory is best known for her ‘Visitoriana’ – an alternative 19th century universe in which animals dominate the Earth.

In Capturing the Brontës Cory has created an alternative ‘Visitorian’ museum, which examines unusual facts and mysteries surrounding the Brontë family.

We see the sharp beaked biographer, Mrs Gaskell, as a cockatoo. The cult of Keeper (Emily Brontë’s enormous faithful dog) is resurrected as Yorkshire’s answer to Grayfriar’s Bobby.  Even the servant Tabby’s parkin recipe takes literary London by storm.

Cory’s work can be seen almost simultaneously at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth and at The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate, before it travels down to London in February.

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