A Student of History

March 24, 2007

Austen Portrain to be sold

Filed under: Great books — John Maass @ 4:21 pm

From Yahoo! News:

What many believe to be the only painting of Jane Austen will be auctioned in New York in April by Christie’s, a relation of the English author and owner of the picture said.

But Henry Rice, a “sixth generation descendant” of the writer of classics such as “Emma,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice,” believes the sale of a picture that has divided experts will not be without controversy.

In 1948, a leading Austen scholar dismissed the authenticity of the portrait, saying the style of costume the subject wears does not match the date.

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‘The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen’ by English society artist Ozias Humphry in an image released by Christie’s on March 23, 2007. The painting, which measures about five feet tall and three feet wide and widely believed to be the only known painting of Jane Austen, will be auctioned in New York in April by Christie’s, a relation of the English author and owner of the picture said. (Christie’s/Handout/Reuters)

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