Category:Jane Austen in portraits

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Note that the only fully authenticated depictions are a back-view watercolor and a somewhat rudimentary sketch, both by her sister Cassandra Austen. All others are historically quite dubious, or are somewhat imaginative extrapolations of the Cassandra Austen sketch. This was reinterpreted and Victorianized in 1869 by Mr. Andrews of Maidenhead, Kent, and then the Andrews artwork was engraved for the 1870 Edward Austen-Leigh Memoir of Jane Austen (see Jane Austen: A Family Record, p. 253). The 1870 engraving which was the result of this process was further redone and reinterpreted in subsequent publications, with varying results. The accuracy of such "portraits" is thus somewhat doubtful.