Ivory Miniatures and the Art of Jane Austen

  • Janet Todd

Abstract

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

Keywords

Defend Lost Grease Heroine Photography 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 1.
    Jane Austen, Jane Austen’s Letters, ed. Deirdre le Faye, 3rd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), p. 323.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Jon Mee, ‘Austen’s Treacherous Ivory. Female Patriotism, Domestic Ideology, and Empire’, in The Postcolonial Jane Austen, ed. You-me Park and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (London: Routledge, 2000), pp. 74–91.Google Scholar
  3. 5.
    Quoted in Sarah Coffin and Bodo Hofstetter, The Gilbert Collection: Portrait Miniatures in Enamel (London: Philip Wilson, 2000), p. 40.Google Scholar
  4. 6.
    David H. Solkin, Art on the Line The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House, 1780–1836 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001), p. 193.Google Scholar
  5. 7.
    John Murdoch, Jim Murrell, Patrick J. Noon and Roy Strong, The English Miniature (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1981), pp. 192, 180.Google Scholar
  6. 8.
    Shirley Bury, An Introduction to Sentimental Jewellery. Victoria and Albert Museum Introductions to the Decorative Arts (Owings Mills, MD: Stemmer House, 1985), p. 40.Google Scholar
  7. 10.
    Andrew Robertson, Letters and Papers of Andrew Robertson, 2nd edn (London: Eyre … Spottiswoode, 1897), pp. 61–2, 151.Google Scholar
  8. 11.
    Martin Archer Shee RA, Rhymes on Art; or, the Remonstrance of a Painter, 2nd edn (London: H. Ebers, 1805), pp. 31–3.Google Scholar
  9. 12.
    George Henry Lewes, The Novels of Jane Austen’, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 125 (July 1859), p. 103.Google Scholar
  10. 13.
    Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811), ed. R. W. Chapman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1927), p. 60.Google Scholar
  11. 15.
    A. Barbeau in Life and Letters in Bath in the Eighteenth Century (London: Heinemann, 1904):Google Scholar
  12. 16.
    Letter to Mrs Phyllis Franklin, between 15 and 20 June 1814. The Journal of Mary Frampton, ed. Harriot Georgiana Munday, 2nd edn (London: Sampson Low, 1885), p. 226.Google Scholar
  13. 18.
    Jane Austen’s Emma, Quarterly Review, 14 (March 1816), pp. 188–201;Google Scholar
  14. Jane Austen’s The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, ed. W. E. K. Anderson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 121.Google Scholar
  15. 19.
    G. H. Lewes, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 87 (March 1860), p. 335;Google Scholar
  16. Jane Austen’, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 86 (July 1859), pp. 99–113.Google Scholar
  17. 20.
    R. W. Chapman, Jane Austen: Facts and Problems (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1948), p. 124.Google Scholar
  18. 21.
    B. C. Southam, Jane Austen: The Critical Heritage, 1870–1940 (London: Routledge, 1987) II, pp. 198–202;Google Scholar
  19. George Saintsbury, A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780–1895) (London: Macmillan and Co, 1896), p. 683.Google Scholar
  20. 22.
    Reginald Farrer, Quarterly Review, 228 (July 1817), pp. 1–30;Google Scholar
  21. Robert Alan Donovan, The Mind of Jane Austen’, in Jane Austen Today, ed. Joel Weinsheimer (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1975), p. 119.Google Scholar
  22. 23.
    Donald Greene, The Myth of Limitation’, in Jane Austen Today, ed. Joel Weinsheimer (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1975), pp. 142–75Google Scholar
  23. 24.
    John Wiltshire, Jane Austen and the Body (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), p. 3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. 25.
    James Thompson, Between Self and World: the Novels o f Jane Austen (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988), p. 101.Google Scholar
  25. 28.
    Jane Austen, Emma, ed. R. W. Chapman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), p. 360.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Janet Todd 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet Todd

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations