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Jane Austen (1775-1817), Novelist

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Few English novelists have commanded such popular affection and critical respect as the author of works including Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1816). Austen was a writer of refinement and charm, whose honesty and sense of irony helped shape some of the supreme masterpieces of nineteenth-century fiction. The daughter of a clergyman, she never married, and lived quietly with her family in Hampshire and later Bath. Her six main novels made ordinary domestic life a compelling subject for fiction, drawing on her own observations of genteel social relations, courtship, and the position of women during the Regency.

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Jane Austen

by Unknown artist
hollow-cut silhouette, circa 1810-1815
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Jane Austen

by Cassandra Austen
pencil and watercolour, circa 1810
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3630

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Jane Austen

published by Richard Bentley, after Cassandra Austen
stipple engraving, published 1870
NPG D1007

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Jane Austen

published by Richard Bentley, after Cassandra Austen
stipple engraving, published 1870
NPG D1008

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Jane Austen

published by Richard Bentley, after Cassandra Austen
stipple engraving, published 1870
NPG D13873