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|Silhouette of Edward's presentation.....
Written by DeeMac
(2/26/2003 12:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another view, penned by Kay S
] .....Somewhere I saw a painting of George Austen presenting his son Edward to Mr. Knight, while Mrs. Knight and another lady sit playing a game at a table, not troubling themselves to interrupt their game. To our modern eyes at least, this painting portrays the adoption in an unsympathetic light.
I found a copy of the silhouette online! The picture seems to be dated 1782. (I had to squint, though - so it could say 1783.) Either way, Edward would have been around fourteen at the time it was done. Jane would have been only been seven years old. It comes as a shock, somehow, to realise that in her childhood, Jane's father would have worn a frock coat and wig. I'll put a link below to the UPenn site which houses the silhouette, which appears in Constance Hill's 'Jane Austen, Her Homes and Her Friends.'
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