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Jane Austen News – Issue 149

The Jane Austen News marvels at old photographs

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Lost Photographs of Jane Austen’s Nieces

Lost photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces and nephews have been discovered in an old photo album which was purchased on eBay. Karen Levers, 51, bought the book of Victorian photographs for $1,000 (£780) from eBay, expecting it to be full of pictures of 19th century aristocrats. Instead she found it to be filled with photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces and nephews.

The album was compiled by Lord George Augusta Hill, an aristocrat who married two of Jane Austen’s nieces, Cassandra and Louisa, both of whom were daughters of her older brother Edward.


Austen’s great-niece Norah Mary Elizabeth Ward shortly after her wedding in April 1859.


The lady in this photograph is Austen’s niece, Marianne.


Jane Austen’s niece Fanny Knight, who later became Lady Knatchbull.


This picture shows Jane Austen’s nephew, Edward Knight, who scandalously eloped to marry his sister’s stepdaughter.


What a find! Historians are currently examining the album and it is hoped there will be an exhibition of the photos in the future.

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