2 of 5 portraits of Jane Austen
by Cassandra Austen
pencil and watercolour, circa 1810
4 1/2 in. x 3 1/8 in. (114 mm x 80 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1948
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This frank sketch by her sister and closest confidante Cassandra is the only reasonably certain portrait from life. Even so, Jane's relatives were not entirely convinced by it: 'there is a look which I recognise as hers', her niece wrote, 'though the general resemblance is not strong, yet as it represents a pleasing countenance it is so far a truth.' It is the basis for a late nineteenth-century engraving, commissioned by Austen's nephew, which will feature on ten pound bank notes.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 29
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 67
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 33
- Eger, Elizabeth; Peltz, Lucy, Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings, 2008 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 13 March to 15 June 2008), p. 135
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 98
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 118
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 75
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 11
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 108
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 108
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 24
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 125
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 95
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 16
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 69
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1810back to top
Current affairsSerious 'Burdett and Liberty' riots break out in London in support of radical MP Sir Francis Burdett who had been arrested for denouncing the House of Common's decision to bar journalists from some debates. Princess Amelia dies triggering renewed bout of illness in her father, George III.
Art and scienceSir Walter Scott publishes his chivalrous, medieval ballad, The Lady of the Lake, set on Loch Katrine in Perthshire.Kennett and Avon Trunk Canal is completed.First Savings Bank is set up by financier Henry Duncan.
InternationalMadame De Stael writes De l'Allemagne which portrays Germany as a model of Romantic nationalism for emerging revolutionary nations. It was banned by Napoleon but published in London to great acclaim.Lisbon besieged. Wellington takes shelter behind the fortified lines of the Torres Vedras and the French army are forced to retreat.
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