Jane Austen and Illness

Jane Austen and illness

by Margaret Mills What reading material do you turn to if you are unwell?   The novelist Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a letter early in 1865 to John Ruskin, about one of her own books, in which she said: “whenever I am ailing or ill, I take Cranford and – I was going to say enjoy… Read more about Jane Austen and Illness


The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death

Jane Austen's Death

By Caroline Kerr Taylor 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments. We will never know for sure the exact cause of her… Read more about The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death


The new Jane Austen Portrait by Melissa Dring

New Jane Austen portrait

In 2001, Melissa Dring was commissioned by David Baldock, the Director of the Jane Austen Centre, Bath, to produce a new Jane Austen portrait using forensic methods, as she might have appeared during her time in Bath, 1801-06.


Jane gets a makeover… The Jane Austen Pop Art range

Jane Austen Pop Art

This new twist on the earlier image is a reinvention, a celebration, and also a reminder that Jane is a true icon, whose qualities commend her as freshly to each new generation as to the one before.


Jane Austen’s China and the Steventon Archaeological Dig

The true evens that inspired Jane Odiwe’s ‘Project Darcy’


Jane Austen’s Final Days in Winchester

First hand accounts of Jane Austen’s final illness.


A New Jane Austen Image – Portrait by Melissa Dring

New Portrait of Jane Austen

Just how do you begin a new Jane Austen image so many years after her death? What did the author really look like?

Forensic artist Melissa Dring takes up a commission by David Baldock to use contemporary eye-witness accounts of Miss Austen’s features and character to produce a portrait for the Jane Austen Centre.


The Rice Portrait

In the gallery there were many family portraits, but they could have little to fix the attention of a stranger. Elizabeth walked on in quest of the only face whose features would be known to her. -Pride and Prejudice For years there has been (some say, unnecessary) controversy over a charming portrait of an unnamed… Read more about The Rice Portrait