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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

zondag 8 september 2019

Witness the transformation of the Dining Parlour.



New vibrant green, leaf-patterned replica wallpaper is to be hung in the Dining Parlour - where Jane Austen’s writing table holds pride of place. 

Created by specialists in historic and reproduction wallpapers, Hamilton Weston Wallpapers, the design is based on a wallpaper fragment found inside a cupboard in the Dining Parlour and can be dated to the period when the Austens were living at the cottage.
 
From 16 - 19 September, Museum visitors will be able to observe the room’s transformation 
as the wallpaper is being installed and afterwards can experience the fully finished result, thanks to generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Collecting Cultures scheme and the Jane Austen Society of North America (Washington, DC, Metropolitan Region).

zondag 1 september 2019

Jane Austen’s garden.


This little guy was spotted in Jane Austen’s garden this week. Orb spiders appear during autumn and Celia, Head Gardener, says: ‘you see them sitting in the centre of their webs which, when covered with dew in the mornings, glisten and twinkle as they move in the sunlight.’ facebook/JaneAustensHouseMuseum

dinsdag 14 mei 2019

Provenance note attached to the bottom of Jane Austen’s Writing Table.


For #SecretsMW, take a look at the provenance note attached to the bottom of Jane Austen’s Writing Table, normally hidden away from view. It tells the story of how the table changed hands after it belonged to Jane. Read more: https://buff.ly/2Pv9oLh
facebook/JaneAustensHouseMuseum/photos

maandag 13 mei 2019

"We have all a better guide in ourselves......


"We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be." - #MondayMotivation from Fanny Price (Mansfield Park, Jane Austen)

zaterdag 9 februari 2019

I increase it by walking out & cure it by staying within.’ Jane Austen, writing.


‘My Cold has been an Off & on Cold almost ever since you went away, but never very bad; I increase it by walking out & cure it by staying within.’ Jane Austen, writing in 1813, from this house.

maandag 4 februari 2019

Iit seemed like an old February come back again.


“I walked to Alton, & dirt excepted, found it delightful, - it seemed like an old February come back again.” – Jane Austen, writing #OnThisDay in 1813, from this house.

dinsdag 15 januari 2019

Lost photographs of Jane Austen's nieces discovered on eBay reveal how author foretold their lives in plots of her novels.


Lost photographs of Jane Austen's nieces and nephews have been discovered in an old photo album, which reveals their lives - which could have come out of one of the author's own novels. 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.
However, she found the book is full of previously unseen photos of Austen's nieces and nephews - many of whose lives reflected the writer's novels. It was put together by Lord George Augusta Hill, an aristocrat who married two of Austen's nieces, both daughters of her older brother Edward. telegraph/lost-photographs-jane-austens-nieces-discovered

maandag 29 oktober 2018

Asserting strength and independence

Jane Austen is not an obvious ally of today’s feminist movement. All six of her novels are now more than two centuries old. All six centre on a tale of provincial domesticity and romantic courtship. And all six are full of twists and witty turns that move inexorably toward a gratifyingly happy ending.

Yet below their glittering surfaces and rose-coloured tales of well-matched couples falling deeply in love, Austen’s novels vigorously critique the patriarchal structures of her day. They bristle with anger and a deep sense of injustice. Many of her plots and sub-plots about men and power — and women’s resilience in the face of that power — sound like stories we are hearing today.
Austen wrote in the early 1800s, when life for most women involved submerging their individual identities in their responsibilities as daughters, wives and mothers. Women were considered politically, economically, socially and artistically subordinate to men. It was a life that condemned many women to half-lives of humiliation, loneliness and abuse.

The novelist and short story writer Carol Shields has concisely summarized the complicated nature of Austen’s artistry and appeal. Austen, declares Shields, exploits “an arch, incontrovertible amiability” to conceal “a ferocious and persistent moral anger.”

Read all: theconversation/in-jane-austen-fairy-tales-meet-biting-feminist-critiques

zondag 21 oktober 2018

Austen’s Autumn


Jane doesn’t give us pages of extravagant description. Instead she paints a perfectly recognizable picture for us in just a few lines. My favorite passage, though, is from Persuasion, chapter 10. This scene takes place on the group walk to Winthrop:
Anne’s…pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves, and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which had drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. She occupied her mind as much as possible in such like musings and quotations…
 And a bit further on:
 The sweet scenes of autumn were for a while put by, unless some tender sonnet, fraught with the apt analogy of the declining year, with declining happiness, and the images of youth and hope, and spring, all gone together, blessed her memory.
Read all: shannonwinslow/austens-autumn/ 

Jane Austen's Garden in Autumn

Autumn seems to be well and truly upon us now, with bright colours showing through the trees, cool nights and chilly mornings, heavy dews with bright sunny days.

Amazingly the Show Border is still in “wow” mode with a lovely show of colour from the summer annuals. The Tigridia’s - Ferraria Tigridia - (summer flowering bulbs) showed the last 3 petaled bright red flower two weeks ago. All have now been dug up last week by Sheryl, who is one of my 3 new garden volunteers.  Sheryl is a Botanical Artist and has brought pictures for me to see some of her very lovely plant paintings.

September/October and occasionally August are the months to see “Orb” spiders generally sitting in the centre of their beautiful webs which when covered with dew in the early mornings, glisten and twinkle as they move in the sunlight.

Read all: jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/Jane-Austens-Garden-in-Autumn

donderdag 12 juli 2018

Beautiful manuscript copy of Jane Austen.


Who's excited that Red Planet Pictures and ITV are adapting #Sanditon? We have this beautiful manuscript copy of Jane Austen's unfinished novel in our collection, handwritten by Jane's sister Cassandra. Read more on the production here: https://bit.ly/2LaK5eB facebook.JaneAustensHouseMuseum/<

Miss Austen placed her most important, if cryptic, advice on writing in the titles of her works..

Miss Austen placed her most important, if cryptic, advice on writing in the titles of her works. Less helpfully, she left it up to us to decide what to do next. Here are some truths, universally acknowledged or not. chronicle/jane-austens-guide-to-writing

woensdag 11 juli 2018

Jane Austen's unfinished novel Sanditon to be adapted by ITV .

Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon is being adapted into an ITV series by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies.

The final incomplete novel about a young woman, Charlotte Heywood, who moves to the sleepy seaside village of Sanditon and meets a man who is trying to turn it into a fashionable resort, was written only months before Austen died in 1817, and has never been adapted before.

Davies said the adaptation was a “privilege and a thrill” and will feature “a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress and quite a bit of nude bathing”.

When Austen died in July 1817, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were still to be published. But after her death, Sanditon surfaced. It has been described in the Guardian as being “notable for its unprecedentedly forthright reatment of sexuality”.

Polly Hill, head of drama at ITV, said: “There is no one better to adapt her unfinished novel than Andrew … it’s a rich, romantic, family saga built upon the foundations Jane Austen laid.”

Davies, who has previously worked on adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace and the forthcoming Les Misérables, said: “Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died – but what a fragment.” Austen completed 11 chapters of Sandition before her death.

Filming is expected to begin in spring 2019. theguardian

zondag 8 juli 2018

The garden of Chawton estate.

‘Edward is very well and enjoys himself as well as any Hampshire born Austen can desire. – He talks of making a new Garden…’
Jane Austen, 1813
Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to the estate, and some believe Mr Knightley’s Donwell Abbey in Austen’s Emma was modelled upon Chawton House.
The grounds have been restored to the English Landscape style popularised by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the late eighteenth century, with an informal lawn and open views across the estate, including a ‘ha-ha’ (a ditch that is invisible from the distance to keep grazing animals back from the house without spoiling the view).
The south lawn leads to a lime avenue that provides distant views into the parkland beyond, as well as a ‘wilderness’ (a wooded area that appears natural while in fact being planted and tended, a feature that dates back to the seventeenth century).
The gardens feature two terraces both of which were built by Montagu Knight in the early 1900s and b
At the highest point of the grounds is the Walled Garden, built by Edward Austen, and referred to in Jane Austen’s letters (though sadly, she died before its completion). The newest addition within the Walled Garden is the Elizabeth Blackwell Herb Garden, inspired by Elizabeth Blackwell’s A Curious Herbal (1737-9), a guide to different plants and their uses in medicine. This remarkable work includes Blackwell’s detailed engravings, which she individually hand-coloured. The proceeds from this endeavour secured her husband’s release from debtor’s prison.
The gardens also feature a Fernery and a Shrubbery – the latter was typically where the ladies of the house would take their exercise in Jane Austen’s time.
‘One likes to get out into a shrubbery in fine weather.’
Mrs Bertram in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, 1814
chawtonhouse

donderdag 7 juni 2018

Pride and Prejudice rose.




Our Pride and Prejudice rose in the courtyard has come out beautifully! Developed by the wonderful Harkness Roses.

Austen werd geboren in Hampshire. Haar vader was een geestelijke. Het grootste deel van haar leven bleef zij in haar geboortestreek. Austen had zes broers en een oudere zuster, Cassandra, met wie zij zeer hecht was. Het enige onbetwiste portret van Jane Austen is een gekleurde schets die door Cassandra werd gemaakt en nu in de National Portrait Gallery in Londen hangt. In 1801 verhuisde de familie naar Bath. In 1802 werd Austen ten huwelijk gevraagd door de rijke Harris Bigg-Wither en zij stemde toe; de volgende dag deelde ze echter mee dat zij haar woord niet kon houden en trok haar instemming in. De reden hiervoor is niet bekend, maar Austen is nooit getrouwd. Na de dood van haar vader in 1805 woonden Jane, haar zuster en haar moeder daar nog verscheidene jaren tot zij in 1809 naar Chawton verhuisden. Hier had haar rijke broer Edward een landgoed met een plattelandshuisje, dat hij aan zijn moeder en zusters schonk (dit huis is tegenwoordig open voor het publiek). Zelfs nadat zij naam gemaakt had als romanschrijfster bleef zij in relatieve stilte leven, maar haar gezondheid ging sterk achteruit. Er wordt nu aangenomen dat zij de ziekte van Addison had, waarvan toen de oorzaak nog onbekend was. Ze reisde naar Winchester om behandeling te zoeken, maar stierf daar en werd begraven in de kathedraal.
Tot Austens beroemdste werk behoort de roman Emma. Het boek wordt vaak aangehaald vanwege de perfectie van vorm. Moderne critici blijven ook nieuwe perspectieven ontdekken op het scherpe commentaar van Austen betreffende de klasse van jonge, ongehuwde, aristocratische Engelse vrouwen in de vroege 19e eeuw.

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Edward Austen Leigh wrote down this description of Jane's appearence in the years just after the family left Southampton.

"She was tall and slender; her face was rounded with a clear brunette complexion and bright hazel eyes.

Her curly brown hair escaped all round her forehead, but from the time of her coming to live at Chawton she always wore a cap, except when her nieces had her in London and forbade it."

Henry Austen said of his sister, " Her stature rather exceeded the middle height; her carriage anad deportment were quiet but graceful; her complexion of the finest texture, it might with truth be said that her eloquent blood spoke through her modest cheek." Henry applied these lines to Jane: " Her pure and eloquent blood spake in her cheeks and so distinctly wrought that you had almost said her body thought."


Austen's niece Caroline recollected: "As to my aunt's personal appearance, hers was the first face I can remember thinking pretty. Her face was rather round than long, she had a bright, but not a pink colour—a clear brown complexion, and very good hazel eyes. Her hair, a darkish brown, curled naturally, it was in short curls around her face. She always wore a cap