Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Is This Jane Austen?

'The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen'

This is the Rice portrait of the teenage Jane Austen which is being sold at Christie's today. 

Is it authentic ? 

Hmmmmmm. 

It's supported by oral tradition but...

...Some people think the frock is all wrong for the 1780s.

Short of going back in a Tardis we're never going to know.

But it's pretty, isn't it?
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