Is this the face of a Teenage Jane Austen?

Fascinating new evidence in the form of letters has come to light, and may unravel the true identity of this young woman..

In these letters, the portrait is referred to as that of Jane Austen. The artist is Ozias Humphry (http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozias_Humphry) and in his accounts of 1788, there is a bill for the portrait. He charged 13 Guinea’s. A vast amount at the time as a good maid only earnt £10 A YEAR!

 

Digital photographic analysis has revealed writing on the painting that appeared to show the novelist’s name, and also that of Humphry, as well as the date 1789.

This could finally prove that this is the actual face of Jane Austen, painted when she was a teenager of about 15.

It is now a matter of some urgency that this be proved, one way or another, whether this is a portrait of Jane Austen or not. Why, you may ask? Well, it has for some year had a license approved for it to be sold, even if the buyer is abroad. This would be a monumental loss to the UK.

Here is an article from The Guardian newspaper that brought attention to the issue again. There are several link in the article that are also interesting reads.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/23/jane-austen-family-say-note-establishes-disputed-portraits-identity?fbclid=IwAR1blv_6AiNL58P7AWylyehOINfrfCOkA6ZfTaMQg62uSGxEC4-iDbveDfc#img-1

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had the perfect Christmas and are ready to welcome 2019 with fresh goals. Having said that, I never make any New Year resolutions for one simple reason. I always tend to break them within a week or two. (me bad)

Anyway, I did want to share two pieces of exciting news with you;

First;

Mr Darcy’s Proposal won Book Cover of the Month, December, on Sassy Brits website. (www.alternative-reads.com)

Thanks to all my wonderful friends, family, readers and followers, we managed to see off all the competition and win this Award.

However, it has now been entered for Book Cover of the Year 2018!! YAY !

I hope you will all spare a few minutes of you busy days to pop over to Sassy’s website and vote for Mr Darcy’s Proposal.

It would be amazing if a JAFF author could win this.

To be clear, I don’t get any reward for winning, only a cyber medal similar to the one above and bragging rights, but I would still love to win it.

With your help, I might just do it.

Fingers crossed.

HOW TO VOTE;

Click on this link, scroll down until you come to the very small images of all the entries with a box above them. Click on the box for Mr Darcy’s Proposal and then press vote. Simple!

https://alternative-read.com/…/03/ar_cover-of-the-year-2018/

Second;

I have been persuaded to put three of my novels into Amazon KU & KOLL., UK site and American site only.  So, if you have Amazon Prime, you can read them for free. Yes, that’s right, FOR FREE.

They are;-

     

Mr Darcy’s Struggle                  Darcy to the Rescue                    To Love Mr Darcy

 

Thank you all so much for your help and continued support.

Martine x

*≈*≈* STILL TIME TO VOTE *≈*≈*

Still plenty of time to vote. Please share and ask your friends to vote too

I don’t get anything other than a cyber badge for winning, but it would mean a lot to me.
A BIG Thank You from me to you . M xx

Hi everyone. I am so excited. The cover of one of my books, Mr Darcy’s Proposal, has been entered into the SASSY BRIT BOOKCOVER AWARD. I don’t get anything for winning, only a cyber badge, but it would mean a lot to me. I would really appreciate it if all of my friends and followers could vote for me. It’s real easy to do, just click on the link below, scroll down to the SMALL picture of my book, put a tick in the box next to it and press VOTE, simple! Again, it’s Mr Darcy’s Proposal. Thank you all so much, fingers crossed.

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Hello everyone.

I am so excited.

The cover of one of my books, Mr Darcy’s Proposal, has been entered into the SASSY BRIT BOOKCOVER AWARD.
I would really appreciate it if all of my friends and followers could vote for me.
It’s so easy to do. Just click on the link below, scroll down to the small pictures where you will find a box to tick, and then press vote. Simple!
Again, it’s Mr Darcy’s Proposal.
I only get the bragging rights and an electronic ‘badge’ but I would so love to win. (I know, me bad 😉 )
Thank you all so much, fingers crossed.
Martine xx

My October Travels; Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory

After a very bumpy start, and a trip to the Emergency Dept. we finally managed to set off on our short break to Doncaster in the late afternoon. (Click link if you want to know what happened, http://facebook.com/martineroberts50 )

For this trip, we were staying at a hotel we have often used in the past. But before I share a few picture of that with you, I want to tell you about where we visited.

Although it was a blustery, and sometimes wet day, we decided to go to Nostell Priory. It is a beautiful old house with flagstone floors, high ceilings and plenty of genuine antiques. The site has a history dating back to the 11th century, although it was then priory and not a house.

Now, my pictures may seem a little dark, but so is the house. The shutter and curtains are closed everywhere you go in an effort to preserve these beautiful objects, but if you want to see enhanced ones, just put Nostell Priory into your search engine. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would encourage anyone in the area to pay Nostell a visit. If you are a National Trust member it is free.

Nostell Priory is a Palladian house located in Nostell, near Crofton close to Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. It dates from 1733, and was built for the Winn family on the site of a medieval priory. The Priory and its contents were given to the National Trust in 1953 by the trustees of the estate and Rowland Winn, 3rd Baron St Oswald.

The property was owned by the Gargrave family after being purchased in 1567 by Sir Thomas Gargrave, Speaker of the House of Commons from James Blount, 6th Baron Mountjoy, for £3,560.

           

The estate was purchased in 1654 by the London alderman, Sir Rowland Winn, after the owner was declared bankrupt in 1650. Construction of the present house started in 1733, and the furniture, furnishings and decorations made for the house remain in situ. The Winns were textile merchants in London, George Wynne of Gwydir was appointed Draper to Elizabeth I, his grandson, Sir George Winn was created 1st Baronet of Nostell in 1660 and the family subsequently owed its wealth to the coal under the estate, and later from leasing land in Lincolnshire for the mining of iron ore during the Industrial Revolution.

  Portrait hangs on solid stone walls

The house was built by James Paine for Sir Rowland Winn 4th Bart on the site of a 12th-century priory dedicated to Saint Oswald.  Robert Adam was commissioned to design additional wings, only one of which was completed, and complete the state rooms. Adam added a double staircase to the front of the house, and designed buildings on the estate, including the stable block.

           

On the left is an original photo of the dinning room, while on the right is one I have lightened so you can appreciate the beauty of the room.

Nostell Priory occupies 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland. Within the grounds and gardens are lakeside walks. The main façade of the house faces east towards a grass vista. Leading to the lake on the west side of the house is the west lawn. The parkland has lakeside and woodland walks, views of the druid’s bridge and walks to the restored Obelisk Lodge through wildflower meadows. The park was purchased from Lord St Oswald by the National Trust with funding from the Heritage Lottery fund. This grant enabled the trust to acquire pictures, books, and furniture from the family.

MONASTIC HISTORY

The priory was a 12th-century Augustinian foundation, dedicated to St Oswald, supported initially by Robert de Lacy of Pontefract, and Thurstan of York. By about 1114, Aldulf, confessor to Henry I of England, was prior of a group of regular canons at Nostell.

Sir John Field, the first Copernican Astronomer of note in England, is believed to have studied at Nostell in his youth under the tutelage of Prior Alured Comwn.

As part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the priory was closed in 1540. After the dissolution the lands of the priory came into the possession of Sir Thomas Gargrave, a High Sheriff of Yorkshire, Speaker of the House of Commons and president of the Council of the North.

 

The sink is made out of wood! The beautiful tiers of the grand staircase.

                 

Drawing room, with one of the pictures lightened.

          

My favourite room in  any old house is the library.

What a delightful library you have at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy!” said Miss Bingley.

“It ought to be good,” he replied, “it has been the work of many generations.”

Hotel

The hotel we stayed at is The Best Western Plus, Mount Pleasant, Doncaster.

It has a mix of rooms, some standard, some executive and some luxury spa rooms. As a semi claustrophobic, we go for one of the middle rate rooms.

       

With and without the added extra of Mr R

        

First, I love this desk and chair. Would it be wrong of me to say I would love one? Secondly, I don’t usually comment on the size of a bathroom, after all they are usually functional whatever the size. But in this picture, I am standing in the double shower. Pretty big, huh!

                

You can clearly see the extra room for lugging your suitcase, but also, behind Mr R is one of a set of doors that block out any noise, even if there is a wedding reception or party going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corridor furniture is rustic yet functional.

One of the rooms set out for a wedding reception.

We enjoyed a lovely roast pork dinner, followed by an excellent cheese board.

Mr R with what he likes to call his Klingon cheese knife.

And after all that, we spent a quiet hour chatting in one of the private snugs, where we had our coffee and mints.

  

 

Till next time,

Martine x

 

September Giveaway Winner!

Hello everyone,

Just a quick note to say that the winner of my Subscribers September Giveaway has been chosen.

The winner is;

Michele, from Virginia.

Michele has won all these items.

The answer to the question, was Lydia.

Thank you to everyone who entered and better luck next time in the Christmas Subscribers Giveaway.

Till next time

Martine x