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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 

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Welcome

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.

 

The Latest

FEBRUARY 2015

Still, Sadly, Unacknowledged, Unanswered - and Uncomfortable

 

The following ‘Summary of Conclusive Evidence’ was published in 1997 by Margaret Campbell Hammond and Richard Wheeler. A fine piece of scholarly invective, it went almost unnoticed 18 years ago. At that time the internet was not available as a vehicle with which to confront the art establishment in Great Britain with truths it would rather ignore.

 

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JANUARY 2015

Three Leggs and Counting...

 

The presence of an

Excise stamp on

the back of the Rice

Portrait, reading

Wm Legg, High Holbourn 1, Linen, was first revealed when the painting was relined in the 1980’s.

 

Find out more...

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.

 

 

 

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