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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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.




JUNE 2019

The Rice portrait and the Northcote farce.

In April 2017 an article was published in the Financial Times which ostensibly claimed that a £400 portrait purchased by journalist Anjana Ahuja at auction disproved the claim of the Rice Portrait to be Jane Austen. My mother, Mrs Anne Rice, was given less than 24 hours to comment before the article was submitted for publication, and after the article was published, she was denied a right to reply by the Financial Times.

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JUNE 2019

Startling new evidence has recently emerged in favour of the Rice Portrait of Jane Austen, in the form of a previously unknown Victorian watercolour.


The watercolour was purchased at a second-hand shop in London by a member of the public who, realising that it was a copy of the Rice Portrait, contacted the owners. The painting is particularly interesting in that it shows the Rice Portrait as it was before 1920, when it narrowly escaped destruction in a catastrophic house fire and was subsequently cut to fit a Victorian frame.


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