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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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.




MARCH 2019

We have been extremely privileged to have had the support of Stephen Cole and his company, Acumé Forensic, experts in the field of digital forensics in our efforts to prove the Rice Portrait. Stephen has carried out many hours of work on this, notwithstanding his extremely heavy workload, simply because he believes this portrait is important for Jane Austen’s legacy and to all those who love her work . This work has all be done without recompense.

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In recent years a great deal of new evidence has emerged which supports the Rice Portrait being, as we have always claimed, a portrait of a young Jane Austen. This evidence has been shared on our website as it has emerged. However we are aware that there is now so much evidence that it is difficult to sift through it all! In this document researcher Ellie Bennett has collated the key facts into one document which presents the case for the Rice Portrait being a portrait of Jane Austen, painted by Ozias Humphry in 1789. We hope you enjoy reading it. We very much appreciate feedback so please do let us know what you think via our Contact Page.  You can read the article HERE.