Deb and I had a delightful time talking with VPR listeners and Vermont Edition host Jane Lindholm today at noon. If you missed the broadcast, hear it online. If you wish to continue the conversation on this blog: post a comment!
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Please see the following page for more information on the various portraits of Austen (this question came up in the interview, so what follows is some explanation…), as well as some comments…
Various websites feature the portraits (disputed and otherwise) of Austen:
• Britain’s National Portrait Gallery owns the c1810 pencil and watercolor portrait by Cassandra Austen (see NYTimes; Wikimedia).
• An engraved image based on a revision of Cassandra’s portrait accompanied James-Edward Austen-Leigh’s Memoir of Jane Austen (NPG; 1871 edition; 1906 edition).
• Constance Hill’s Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends (1901), a knock-off portrait.
• For a change of pace, see a description of the Stanier Clarke watercolor and read the Persuasions article on the Stanier Clarke friendship book.
• And how about the NYTimes’ article on the “new and improved” Jane found on the Wordsworth edition of the Memoir.
• The Jane Austen Society of Australia has an extensive collection of “portraits” including the 1873 knock-off and some recent depictions.
• Wikimedia has a nice one-page examination of all those similar-yet-different pictures.
• Jane Austen’s Regency World article gives background on one recreation (btw, the magazine reproduced the NPG portrait in a mirror image!)
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I realize, as an afterthought to Louise’s call during this broadcast, just how JASNA News did a disservice to JASNA members who may reside part-time in Vermont. The Spring 2008 issue carried an announcement about the formation of the Vermont chapter that included the phrase “JASNA members living in the Burlington area”. This annoyed because those gathered at our Organizational Meeting in November 2007 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, in Montpelier, were from a wider area than just greater-Burlington. And the non-members it attracted all lived elsewhere in the state. If only the JASNA News story had come back to Deb and I for proofing! Unfortunately, JASNA News has only three issues per year… So no story about the chapter is going to hit print for some time to come.
A JASNA Life Member, Louise mentioned relatives in Arlington, the long drive to Burlington, and her hopes for meetings in her area of the state — Or how about a southern-Vermont Chapter?, she asked.
JASNA does not alert chapters about members who have secondary residences (after all, they probably do not know your alternate address). If you live part-time in Vermont – no matter in which part of the state – let us hear from you. To anyone comtemplating having energy enough to create a new chapter, be it in southern Vermont, mid-state or wherever, contact us; Deb and I can put your energy to good use… As our November 2007 organizational poster pronounced: JANE AUSTEN WANTS YOU!
[BTW, Louise we have one – brand new – member right in your neck of the woods.]