Jane Austen and the Bank of England

Well, this is everywhere so only posting this so everyone knows I am actually paying attention. The UK seems to be in the news an awful lot this week, and while I find this quite funny:


[from https://www.facebook.com/politicalhumor ]

I don’t agree! I am unashamedly an Anglophile of the highest order [my parents were born there], and I had Tea every day as soon as I got home from school and have never changed the habit, and so all this stuff is just sort of ingrained…

So very excited this week, both about the Royal Baby AND the £10 note to feature Jane Austen.

So first a hearty congratulations to all in the Royal Family about George Alexander Louis – after George Knightley I am assuming, and a fine model for any young man (not to mention his great-grandfather)…


[Image:  CBS News]


And then Jane takes front-row seat after several weeks of mind-boggling discussion and various petitions on who shall grace the next issue of the £10 note, a woman it was to be, and Jane Austen it is – we can assume the Bank of England was a tad nonplussed by all of Jane Austen fandom raving for her to be chosen…

Here are the details – though they will not be in circulation until 2017 – I do wonder if they are concerned that any such Austen covered notes appearing shall just as quickly disappear into people’s scrapbooks and they shall have to start all over again – I cannot even imagine SPENDING this money, can you??


[ Image: news.com.au ]

The portrait of Jane Austen, which will appear on the banknote, is adapted from a sketch drawn by her sister Cassandra Austen. Other features include:

• A quote from Pride and Prejudice – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

• An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet, one of the characters in Pride and Prejudice

• An image of Godmersham Park in Kent – the home of Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight, and the inspiration for a number of novels

• A central background design of the author’s writing table which she used at home at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire

Fellow writers William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens have appeared on banknotes in recent times. Dickens was on the £10 note [Jane Austen shall be replacing Charles Darwin who is currently on the £10 note] and Shakespeare on the £20 note.

Bank of England notes can be spent throughout the UK. In addition, three banks in Scotland and four in Northern Ireland are authorised to issue banknotes.

On Twitter, Mr Osborne wrote: “[Incoming Bank of England governor] Mark Carney’s choice of Jane Austen as face of £10 note is great. After understandable row over lack of women, shows sense and sensibility.”

[Good to know someone knows their Austen…]

[Quoting from BBC News, where you can find a list of all the previous banknotes with famous faces…]


[Image:  CBS News]


UPDATE:  adding a few links here to other writings on the kerfuffle of Jane on the £10 note:

c2013 Jane Austen in Vermont

JASNA-Vermont Sept. Meeting ~ “Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction”

You are Cordially Invited to
JASNA-Vermont’s September Gathering


JASNA President Iris Lutz

“‛…in proportion to their family and income’: Houses in
Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction”

 *An illustrated lecture featuring the houses in Jane Austen’s real and imagined worlds ~ we will be visiting Chawton, Bath, Winchester, and Kent, pairing pictures of real houses with descriptions in the novels of Austen’s various cottages, manors, and estates ~  Barton Cottage, Longbourn, Mansfield Park, Sotherton, and of course Pemberley! 


Sunday, September 25, 2011   2 ~ 4 pm

 An event of the Burlington Book Festival 
~ Sponsored by Bygone Books  ~

Hosted by: Champlain College,
auke Conference Center ~
 375 Maple St Burlington VT


Free & Open to the Public!

Light refreshments served

 For more information:   JASNAVermont@gmail.com   

Please visit our BLOG at: http://JaneAustenInVermont.wordpress.com

Burlington Book Festival:  http://www.burlingtonbookfestival.com


Please Join Us!

The Wedding!

The Kiss!

[Image from Telegraph.co.uk]

See more pictures at the British Monarchy Flickr photostream, and more of everything at the offical wedding website.

Royal Wedding Dresses at Kensington Palace

From the BBC News website:

To celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate, Kensington Palace has brought out six sumptuous gowns – seldom seen by the public – all worn by royal brides over the past 200 years.

Take a look with Senior Curator Joanna Marschner, and see how fashions changed through the decades.

[Image: Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, 1960, from the Kensington Palace website]

Watch the slideshow with close-up detail of the dresses here at Kensington Palace: http://www.hrp.org.uk/learninganddiscovery/discoverthehistoricroyalpalaces/royal-wedding-dresses.aspx

 or here at the BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13207649


[Image: Princess Charlotte’s 1816 wedding dress at Kensington Palace; on right, the wedding dress of Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863]

Copyright @2100 by Deb Barnum of Jane Austen in Vermont

Strange Bedfellows ~ Jane Austen and Simon Cowell

From Tom Meltzer of the Guardian:  

“Who made Britain what it is today? ~ Barack Obama’s new children’s book pays tribute to 13 iconic figures who have helped shape America. So which great Britons have done the same for their country?” 

Nice to know that Jane Austen made the list:

More British even than etiquette itself is an awareness of the daftness of our manners and social norms. Jane Austen combined biting social commentary with observations as accurate and hilarious as anything from The Office. Though her work has come to be associated with period drama, her real achievement was to prove that, beneath the bonnets and parasols, the minds of British women were razor-sharp .

She’s among good company – the others in Meltzer’s list?  Boudicca; Elizabeth I; William Shakespeare; Admiral nelson; Charles Darwin; Queen Victoria; Winston Churchill; Margaret Thatcher; The Beatles; Trevor McDonald; Stephen Fry; and Simon Cowell. [!]

See the full article here at The Guardian, along with some scathing comments on those included and those left out – [Dickens for instance?] – the reason I hate lists…

“Between the Covers” ~ Magazine Exhibition in London

There is a new exhibition at the Women’s Library in East London:  “Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers” chronicling the history of women’s magazines since 1600 in the U.K..  See this article on the exhibit at the Newham Recorder, and then visit the Library.  Hopefully there will be a catalogue of the exhibition which opens on November 1st. 


and what magazines did Jane Austen read?  ….. aah! another post in the offing perhaps?? …. but in the meantime, you might want to start with this Lady’s Magazine site…