Sisterly Love

Jane's portrait sketched by her sisterIt was Jane’s older sister, Cassandra, who sketched the only first hand likeness of the author-shown on the right. The tiny portrait, painted in 1810, bears lasting witness to the description of her by Sir Egerton Brydges who had visited Steventon:

‘Her hair was dark brown and curled naturally, her large dark eyes were widely opened and expressive. She had clear brown skin and blushed so brightly and so readily.’

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