The Bronte Parsonage


I’ve been playing these last couple of weeks. I shouldn’t have been – there are things that I should have been doing instead. But i wanted to work this idea through…
I met with the retail manager up at The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth a few months ago and we talked about my producing some work inspired by the Bronte home, and by the novels. I had the seed of an idea which I started to work out in little paper maquettes.
This is the Parsonage, Wuthering Heights and Wildfell Hall.

I’d like to do Thornfield Hall too as Jane Eyre is my favourite of the Bronte novels. I’m still working on a decent drawing of the house.

I worked them up in to larger maquettes:

trio of prototypes

Then i chose to develop one a little further. Here is my image of the Parsonage taking shape; layer on layer…

parsonage progress

I’m still working on the colour maquette. I would like this to be a hand finished print as well as a folding out card. Remember those little cardboard theater sets you could cut out and make? I loved those and this is kind of the same thing. Each one is a scene from a novel, or from the lives of the sisters’, inviting you in.

colour makets

I’m trying to work out now how to get them made.

But for now: here’s the new Parsonage painting.


5 thoughts on “The Bronte Parsonage

  1. Kate?
    Your work jumps out and takes my breath away!
    Each new project you do surprises and delights my eyes.
    I’d love to see everything you’ve done in full size so I can choose 1, 2, 3, 4…….6? to become part of my currently artworkless home!
    Pls, pls tell me where I can do this?
    My home has been waiting for your art!

    With much admiration & a little trepidation

    Daryl x

  2. I am delighted to have a copy of the notebook with this painting on it, bought in the Parsonage shop. Have been an admirer of your work for ages, and finally made it to stay two nights in Hebdon Bridge this weekend to see where you get your inspiration from…breath taking place in the evening and first thing in the morning, especially…I can see where your paintings are coming from! A real sense of following gently yet powerfully following your artist’s intuition… Am tempted to add your Lost Houses to my collection…wonderful idea!!

  3. Is it possible to buy a print of this? The Parsonage online shop have various items with it on but no prints and I’d love to be able to hang this on my wall!

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