A New Jane Austen Portrait New portrait of Jane Austen Just how do you begin a new portrait of the author so many years after her death? What did Jane Austen 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 an authentic Jane Austen portrait for the the many visitors interested in what the renowned author really looked like. Melissa uses here experience of working with the police in facial reconstruction to put together an image that she says is as close as it can be to a definitive likeness. Her work has been internationally recognised and Melissa is in demand as a keynote speaker. Creating the new Jane Austen portrait from forensic sources. We know you want to see how she did it so follow the link below to a fascinating article which was first published in ‘Jane Austen’s Regency World’ magazine in early 2003. New Portrait of Jane Austen
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