Friday, September 12, 2008

L'aimable Jane, a portrait of Jane Austen

This is a painting of Jane Austen which is based on the well known silhouette that was found in a second edition of Mansfield Park, inscribed "l'aimable Jane". The original silhouette is owned by the National Portrait Gallery, who believe it is dated around 1800 and possibly by Mrs Collins, a silhouettist who worked in Bath at that time. There is no firm evidence to confirm that it is Jane, but it seems quite likely. Unfortunately, reproductions always make the details a little too dark. My original painting is lighter and she looks less like she is wearing mascara. Perhaps I shall have to do another version. Well, I hope you find it interesting!

2 comments:

Sue Wilkes said...

I wonder if Jane had a secret French admirer, perhaps through her cousin Eliza's connections...
The silhouette captures much more of Jane's character I think than the amateurish sketch of her by Cassandra

Jane Odiwe said...

I hadn't thought of a French admirer...ooh, I wonder. Funnily enough, I have a little French theme running through my new book!