A pupil has helped reveal that certainly one of Britain’s most well-known authors was not only a gifted author but in addition a skilled rock collector with an energetic curiosity in geology.
Anne Bronte, the youngest of the sisters, constructed up a group of enticing specimens earlier than her demise aged 29 in 1849.
It was beforehand thought the Agnes Grey author collected gadgets due to their aesthetic worth, however researchers have revealed she was an knowledgeable and skilled geologist throughout the science’s golden age.
Sally Jaspars, who’s learning Bronte as a part of her PhD on the University of Aberdeen, mentioned: “Her interest in geology is mentioned in her literary works – indeed in The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall she references the science and a book by Sir Humphry Davy directly.”
She known as on the assistance of Stephen Bowden, from the college’s School of Geosciences, for help in analysing the gathering housed on the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Howarth, West Yorkshire.
Along with consultants from the University of Leeds and a specialist spectroscopy company, they discovered that in addition to carnelians and agates which she collected in Scarborough, the place she labored as a governess, the gathering comprises flowstone and a uncommon sort of pink obsidian which originated exterior of the UK.
It can be possible that Bronte would have visited the Rotunda Museum near the place she stayed in Scarborough, researchers mentioned, which contained reveals that includes the world’s geology.
Ms Jaspars mentioned: “This is the first time that Anne’s collection has been systematically described and fully identified, and in doing so we add to the body of knowledge on Anne and show her to be scientifically minded and engaging with geology.
“She was an intelligent and progressive individual who was in tune with the scientific inquiry of the time.”
The analysis has now been printed within the journal Bronte Studies.
Dr Bowden added: “Our Raman spectroscopy analysis which we undertook at the Bronte Parsonage Museum shows that Anne Bronte did not just collect pretty stones at random but skilfully accumulated a meaningful collection of semi-precious stones and geological curiosities.
“Anne’s collection comprises stones that are sufficiently unusual and scarce to show that they were collected deliberately for their geological value, and it’s clear that her collection took skill to recognise and collect.”