Jane Austen, Teen Queen

Jane Austen, Teen Queen

New evidence suggests that a 1789 painting by Ozias Humphry is a portrait of a 13-year-old Jane Austen. Using digital photo analysis, Stephen Cole of Acume Forensics discovered faint written inscriptions on the canvas identifying the budding author and the artist.

Wealthy lawyer Francis Austen had his portrait painted by Ozias Humphry, and young Miss Austen probably sat for the artist while visiting great uncle Francis in Kent. Perhaps she snuck away from her uncle’s house to hang out with other teens at the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre food court.


“Is this really a portrait of Jane Austen?” Louise Jury, London Daily Standard

The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen website

Jane Austen Biography, PBS Masterpiece


Short Link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-dlf

Image (“Jane Austen’s Facebook Profile, after Ozias Humphry”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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2 Responses to “Jane Austen, Teen Queen”

  1. Vickie Lester Says:

    http://www.janeausten.co.uk/ – where you can view her original tweets in quill…

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    Lizzy and Darcy are texting LOL


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