Honoring Jane Austen

Most women enjoy or appreciate Jane Austen’s work. I am one of those women, and although I don’t necessarily like everything I’ve read by Austen, and while I haven’t actually read all of her books, I do appreciate what I have read. I also liked a recent movie called Austenland that took a comedic take on our obsession with Austen.

I recently came across another way of honoring Austen at the Springville Art Museum in Springville, Utah. I was there on a women’s history tour, and the museum had pulled out some of the art it holds by female artists with female subjects.

I saw this one and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.




My favorite touch is the red wax seal on her signature of the work.



I hope the artist doesn’t mind me sharing her work with you. The museum staff said it was okay to take pictures, so I did.

This frilly, feminine, and girly take on Jane Austen seems just about perfect, especially given the mixed media background with pages and pictures from Austen’s books.

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  1. I know that Austen is so often referred to as a “woman’s author” – meaning that women love her and men don’t understand her – but I have to say that she has always been one of my favorites and my wife can’t stand her.

  2. So true! I read Mansfield Park during my breaks in my stressful work place. Austen’s steady and precise prose calmed me down and probably prevented me from snapping at my coworkers.

  3. I like some of the things she’s done here (I don’t know what to call it, but what she did in the background), but I can’t say that her portrait looks anything like any of the pictures I’ve seen of Jane.

  4. Jane looks like she has her own Disney film, but I love it. The flowers on the dress and shawl make me think of Lizzie Bennett or Marianne Dashwood roaming the countryside!

  5. That tour sounds great! Also, love the photo from IG of you with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich–way cool.

    On a totally unrelated note, I love your site’s redesign. You and Kay are inspiring me to get my act together and update mine!

    1. It was an amazing tour! And yes, I got to meet Laurel Thatcher Ulrich! *squeal* I guess you know you’re a nerd when … And thanks for the praise of my new site theme. Sometimes it can be fun to change things up a little.

  6. I know what people mean if they say that Jane Austen’s novels are all pretty similar..but I love ‘Pride and Prejudice’ anyways, one of my favourite books 🙂 Btw, if you have the opportunity, visit the Jane Austen Center in Bath – I’ve been there and it was amazing!

    A Hopeful Wanderer

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