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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

JUNE 2015

The Eye of The Restorer: An Expert Assessment of Jane Austen as a Young Girl

 

The following condition and conservatiion report on the Rice Portrait was compiled by the Paris-based restorer Eva Schwan, who examined and cleaned the picture, millimeter by millimeter,  over many months (2010-2011).

 

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MARCH 2015

Jane Austen, Uncle Francis and Ozias Humphry at Seal 1788

 

The following is an excerpt from Terry Townsend's forthcoming book, 'Jane Austen's Kent,' due to be published on 9th of June 2015. Mr Townsend's research proves to be of great importance to the Rice Portrait

 

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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.