JASNA has just recently made Persuasions No. 5 (1983) available online. An alert Janeite (thanks Arnie!) raises a question on the article by Joan Austen-Leigh titled “Godmersham,” on the auction of this property once owned by Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight. Also auctioned in that sale were two portraits of Jane Austen [reproduced below]. Does anyone know anything about these? The Jane of the second portrait looks very much like the infamous “Rice” portrait, still questioned as actually being Jane:
The only two pictures of Jane that are continually bandied about are the two watercolors done by her sister Cassandra:
and this silhouette believed to be her:
Has there been further research into these two mentioned in Austen-Leigh’s article? They are lovely, the first being exactly as I have pictured Austen (and also seems to be very like the “improved” renditions of the past fifty years.) Any thoughts appreciated…
P.S. When I posted this this morning, I did not do any research and have since had a few comments and done a little detective work and do find a few mentions of these portraits. See the comments below for more information and citations. But as I have been out of the loop for a few days and have not been checking the other Austen sites and blogs, I did not realize that Laurel Ann at Austenprose had posted a bit on Austen’s various portraits just 2 days ago!…so please check her site for a great run-through of the many faces of Jane Austen!