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Is Jane Austen Too Airbrushed On The New Banknote?

by | 5th, November 2013

Jane-Austen dolly

THE Bank of England decided that they needed to get some women involved on our currency. The hooters and sneerers pointed out that The Queen was pretty ubiquitous on our money, but everyone else acknowledged that it was a bit of a sausagefest and that we’re lucky enough to have some incredible achievements from womenfolk and that should be celebrated.

And so, we ended up with Jane Austen, and no-one could argue with her outstanding contribution to the English language.

However, all is not well. An Austen biographer has criticised the Bank of England for selecting an “airbrushed” portrait of the author for its new £10 note. It seems even on money, people can’t help but give women a Heat makeover.

Dr Paula Byrne said the 1870 image was a “makeover” of an earlier portrait composed by the novelist’s sister Cassandra. She said that the image makes Austen look like “a pretty doll with big doe eyes”. She added: “It’s a 19th Century airbrushed makeover. It makes me quite angry as it’s been prettied up for the Victorian era when Jane Austen was very much a woman of Georgian character.”

“The costume is wrong and the image creates a myth Austen was a demure

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