Executed by Ozias Humphry R.A in 1788.

A  portrait, its provenance and history...

Executed by Ozias Humphry R.A in 1788.

A  portrait, its provenance and history...

The Rice Portrait of 







Thank you for visiting the website of the Rice Portrait of Jane Austen, which has been set up by the Rice family to keep the public informed of developments and research concerning the portrait's provenance and past.  


Anne Rice and her late husband, Henry Rice, owned the portrait of Jane Austen, his ancestress .


Henry Rice died in 2010; he and Anne had been married for thirty-five years. Acres of print have been written about the painting, positions around it have become entrenched and passions have run high.


Now, after years of research, the Rice family are able to offer a detailed history of this portrait, as well as  the latest findings in regard to its authenticity. There is also new information on the methods used by the painter Ozias Humphry to sign his works, on his life, and on his whereabouts at the time the painting was executed.


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Eliza Hall, fourth owner of the Rice Portrait of Jane Austen

Elizabeth (Eliza) Hall (1799-1831) has hitherto been something of an enigma in the picture's line of provenance. Apart from being contemporarily described as 'a great admirer of the novelist' -  thus qualifying as the earliest recorded Janeite - there was apparently no other reason why she should have been given the picture by Colonel Thomas Austen, Jane's cousin, as a wedding present in 1818.


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The Late Brian Sewell and the Rice Portrait.

Brian Sewell, a brilliant writer and longtime art critic for the Evening Standard, died on the 19th of September, 2015.  


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Website Design by Aimee Bell at www.authordesignstudio.com.

Download a high resolution copy of the portrait by clicking here.

This website is constantly under renewal. This is because we continue to receive help from a rapidly-growing number of readers who feel  that what we are doing is important for everyone who loves English literature and Jane Austen.


We would add that without this steady flow of new information contributed by people from all over the world, our campaign to authenticate the Rice Portrait, which so many now believe is the only professionally-painted likeness of Jane Austen in existence, would long since have foundered.