Anne Thackeray Ritchie, [‘Charlotte Brontë’s Appearance’] (1850), in Letters of Anne Thackeray Ritchie, with Forty-two Additional Letters from her Father William Makepeace Thackeray, edited by Hester Ritchie (London: John Murray, 1924), pp. 269–70
… I forgot to say about the picture1 that it doesn’t convey very much to me. I remember Charlotte Brontë wore a dress of a little mossy light green pattern, she had no curls or loops such as ladies wore then — she did not look pleasant as she does in your picture, and I remember how she frowned at me whenever I looked at her, but perhaps it was specially at me — at least so I imagined. There was a general impression of chin about her face which doesn’t show in this picture.