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 





The Jenny on the Parasol

The photographs shown here belong to a series of more than 1500 close-ups taken of the Rice Portrait in 2012, by the art photographer Jean Penicaut in Paris.


They have not been retouched or altered in any way. Can you see the writing? Click on the image to enlarge.


















Letter from George Austen to his half brother’s wife, Susannah Walter, announcing the birth of Jane Austen.


Steventon: December 17, 1775.


DEAR SISTER,--You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age grown such bad reckoners, but so it was, for Cassy certainly expected to have been brought to bed a month ago; however, last night the time came, and without a great deal of warning, everything was soon happily over. We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy, and a future companion. She is to be Jenny, and seems to me as if she would be as like Harry as Cassy is to Neddy. Your sister, thank God, is pure well after it.



If any reader is interested in conducting an experiment, they can follow the instructions below:


  • Open the image FHT_640-520x1,20.jpg in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

  • Duplicate the image layer, select blending mode 'Overlay' and set opacity to 75%.

  • Create a solid colour fill layer with the following settings: R 59; G 59; B 59.  Select blending mode 'Overlay' and set opacity to 100%.

  • Create a levels adjustment layer. Select 'RGB'. Set the following input levels: shadow 29; midtone 1.58; highlight 50. Set the following output levels: shadow 0; highlight 255. Select blending mode 'Normal', and adjust opacity to taste. The effect will be apparent at around 75%.

  • Zoom out to about 66% to see the image at approximately life-size. Experiment further by adjusting settings etc.

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Catherine Knight by George Romney

Thomas Knight by George Romney

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R W Chapman


Sir Henry Hake, Director of the National Portrait Gallery 1927-1951

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National Portrait Gallery card holding an image of the portrait with NPG date stamp 1987. Date is given as c.1790

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