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Chawton Church and parkland, Jane Austen village

Chawton Church and parkland, Jane Austen village

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circa 1800: The signature of English novelist Jane Austen (1775 - 1815) (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1800:  The signature of English novelist Jane Austen (1775 - 1815)  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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New York, UNITED STATES: (FILES)"The Rice Portait of Jane Austen" by British painter Ozias Humphry (1742-1810) (estimate USD 400,000 to 800,000), is shown on display, 16 April 2007, at Christie's auction house in New York as part of a preview of the Important Old Master Paintings sale to take place 19 April. The only known oil painting of arguably England's most famous female writer, the work is being sold by direct descendants of Jane Austen, and the painting has been in the family since its creation. Fanny Caroline Lefroy, the granddaughter of Jane's brother James, and acknowledged authority on the Austen family, thought the picture dated to 1788 or 1789, making Austen 14, and a newly-discovered letter to Lord Brabourne from Jane's great nephew Cholmeley Austen-Leigh, confirms that the only portrait known of Jane was painted at 'the beginning of her life'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

New York, UNITED STATES: (FILES)"The Rice Portait of Jane Austen" by British painter Ozias Humphry (1742-1810) (estimate USD 400,000 to 800,000), is shown on display, 16 April 2007, at Christie's auction house in New York as part of a preview of the Important Old Master Paintings sale to take place 19 April.  The only known oil painting of arguably England's most famous female writer, the work is being sold by direct descendants of Jane Austen, and the painting has been in the family since its creation.  Fanny Caroline Lefroy, the granddaughter of Jane's brother James, and acknowledged authority on the Austen family, thought the picture dated to 1788 or 1789, making Austen 14, and a newly-discovered letter to Lord Brabourne from Jane's great nephew Cholmeley Austen-Leigh, confirms that the only portrait known of Jane was painted at 'the beginning of her life'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)