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October 21, 2003

Jane Austen Portrait Authenticated

Not much in the way of details to provide, I'm afraid. The Times, the British paper, only provides the article online to paid subscribers. More enlightened papers, such as the New York Times or Washington Post, at least offer free registration. Not that I'm really so keen on having to give them my personal information, but at least articles are available online for a limited time before moving into fee-based archives and news databases.

Here's the citation info: "My dear, it's a matter of dress sense and sensibility" - Jack Malvern, The Times, 10/17/2003.

The Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA) offers a page of Jane portraits. The Rice portrait is the recently authenticated painting, which shows Jane at fifteen years of age.

Hopefully I'll be able to post a link when some other newspaper is willing to entertain a wider audience for the information.

Addendum: See here for an archived BBC article.

Yours, &c., LC | 01:54 PM | Jane | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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I don't buy it, as I said on the Janeites listserv. Jane had curly hair. That girl does not. The Licensed Professional has spoken. ;-)

I don't think Jane would have suffered that short cut, either, when she complained about a similar haircut on a niece in a letter to Cassandra.

It's sure a pretty portrait, though.

Posted by: The HP at October 21, 2003 10:27 PM