Friday, July 11, 2014

Jane Austen Center Features New Waxwork of Jane

New waxwork figure of Jane Austen at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England

Many of us who have loved reading and re-reading Jane Austen's novels have probably wondered what she actually looked like. I think most of us hope that she didn't resemble the portrait that Cassandra Austen rendered of her sister since it makes Jane look like a "sourpuss."  Now artists along with forensic specialists have created a wax figure of Jane Austen in which they have used modern forensic techniques as well as written descriptions of Austen given by her contemporaries to create a new 3-D wax figure.  Look at the photo above and see what you think! --Mildred Tilley

The Jane Austen Centre said its new waxwork had been "created by a specialist team using forensic techniques which draw on contemporary eye-witness accounts", and that it is the closest "anyone has come to the real Jane Austen for 200 years."  --Quote taken  from The Guardian Online

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