Jane Austen, Popular in Any Format

10artsbeat-jane-articleInlineA watercolor portrait of Jane Austen commissioned by her nephew in 1869 sold for $270,000 at Sotheby’s on Tuesday. The anonymous private collector who purchased it called the portrait “the most important likeness of Jane Austen ever to appear on the open market.” The painting by James Andrews was taken from a pencil portrait by Austen’s sister Cassandra and is thought to be the “only confirmed portrait of Austen made before her death in 1817.” The pencil portrait is owned by the National Gallery in London. You can read more in this NYT article.

Laura

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  1. While this is a pretty picture of Jane Austen, it is not a portrait of the author. As I prove in my recently published book “Jane Austen – a New Revelation” the true author of the Jane Austen novels was her cousin Eliza de Feuillide. Eliza could not publish them under her own name as she was the secret illegitmate daughter of Warren Hastings, the Governor General of India. There are just two portrait miniatures of Eliza de Feuillide, one as a teenager and one as a young woman. They can both be found on the internet.

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