Ivory Miniatures and the Art of Jane Austen

  • Janet Todd


In 1816 on the last birthday before her death, Jane Austen wrote to her nephew, James Edward Austen, who had lost two and half chapters of his never published novel, that she could not have been suspected of purloining it since she was not at Steventon when the loss occurred. She continued,

I do not think however that any theft of that sort would be really very useful to me. What should I do with your strong, manly, spirited Sketches, full of Variety … Glow? — How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour?1


Eighteenth Century Royal Academy Historical Romance Flesh Tone Great Uncle 
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