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Jane Austen

1 of 3 portraits on display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery

Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810 - NPG 3630 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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
Primary Collection
NPG 3630


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

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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.

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