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Jane Austen

1 of 5 portraits of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, by Unknown artist, circa 1810-1815 - NPG 3181 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jane Austen

by Unknown artist
hollow-cut silhouette, circa 1810-1815
4 in. x 3 1/8 in. (102 mm x 80 mm)
Purchased, 1944
Primary Collection
NPG 3181


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  • Jane Austen (1775-1817), Novelist. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.

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Jane Austen's third published novel (Mansfield Park), appeared in 1814, although it had been begun in 1811. This copy contained a silhouette in the back and the second volume inscribed L'aimable Jane, which may represent Jane Austen. As her biographer, R.W. Chapman, said 'Who would insert, in a copy of Mansfield Park, a portrait of any other Jane than its author?'

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