Quote Jane

“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

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

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

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.

dinsdag 29 augustus 2017

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

I found a very nice Dutch  blog about Victorian Times. myinnervictorian/jane-austen-quotes
  1. There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” – brieven.
  2. “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings” – Mansfield Park (1814).
  3. “Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.” – Northanger Abbey (1817).
  4. “Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?” – brieven.
  5. “I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I’m afraid they are not alive.” – brieven.
  6. “When I fall in love, it will be forever.” – Sense and Sensibility (1811).
  7. “She denied none of it aloud, and agreed to none of it in private.” – Emma (1815).
  8. Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint.” Mansfield Park (1814).
  9. “I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.” Mansfield Park (1814).
  10. “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.” Pride and Prejudice (1813).
  11. “Every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies.” Northanger Abbey (1817).

dinsdag 18 juli 2017

Anniversary of Jane Austen's death

On July 18, 1817, died at 41. 200 years later, Austen lives on as a global brand, an 'immortal genius.'

'World's first' statue of JANE AUSTEN unveiled today in Basingstoke

View from Jane Austen’s window in Chawton 
Honoring power of girlfriend word-of-mouth on this day she died in 1817

New £10: •marks 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death

donderdag 6 juli 2017

Jane Austen's House Museum.

'A Quire of Paper: A Poem for Jane Austen and Her House' presented by Maura Dooley, former Poet in Residence at Jane Austen's House Museum, will air this Sunday at 4:30pm on BBC Radio 4. Read more: http://bit.ly/2tLwrcs 

maandag 3 juli 2017

There are 24 beautiful BookBenches to discover.

One bench in the splendid city of

is a public art trail for 2017 made up of BookBenches each designed and painted by professional artists to celebrate 's life.

There are 24 beautiful BookBenches to discover – each designed and painted by a professional artist inspired by the life and work of Jane Austen. As you can see there is incredible variety in theme, colour and style. sittingwithjane

Great day out in

Another one at

Steventon @ st Nicholas' Church

vrijdag 9 juni 2017

Chawton House Library

Elsewhere in the village Chawton House Library (above) has become an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. Set in the manor house that once belonged to Austen’s brother, Edward, the library, house and gardens are also open to the general public.

How Jane Austen's mystery woman was edited out of history

Historian Lucy Worsley suggested this week that although Austen almost certainly never slept with a man, she may instead have slept with a woman. We know not if her relations with Sharp were anything more than platonic, but either way, the obscurity of the latter is just as Austen’s relatives would have wished it. While the great novelist considered her correspondent a most treasured confidante, Austen’s family took a very different view of Anne. For this woman was a member of the servant class. Indeed, she’d worked for the Austens themselves – as a governess to Jane’s niece.

Such a friendship flouted the social norms of the time. By keeping it out of official versions of Austen’s life, the family could create a false image of the famous author as a conservative maiden aunt, devoted above all else to kith and kin. As a result, the close bond she shared with Anne, who wrote plays in between teaching lessons, has become one of literature’s most enduring secrets.

A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney will be published by Aurum Press on 1 June 2017 (£20).

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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Fashion - Regency 1

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