Jane Austen £10 Note Unveiled in Britain

Posted on July 19, 2017 by

Jane Austen fans rejoice! An image of the beloved author will soon be on the £10 note in England. The Austen note, introduced this week by Bank of England governor Mark Carney, features a portrait of Austen that was painted by her nephew after she died. Check it out below:

The creation of the note commemorates the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, and Carney unveiled the note at Winchester Cathedral, where the author is buried. Carney said:

“Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes… Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal, and she is recognized as one of the greatest writers in English literature.”

Along with Austen’s portrait, the note carries the quote from Pride and Prejudice, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment but reading!”

The vision of Austen on the £10 note is serene, though some have criticized the image for looking too airbrushed. Historian Lucy Worsley said:

“It’s deeply ironic that the image chosen by the Bank of England isn’t really her… It’s an author publicity portrait after she died in which she’s been given the Georgian equivalent of an airbrushing.”

Here is a portrait of Jane Austen draw by her sister while she was alive that some claim is more realistic:

The Austen note will be made of polymer, a new material for banknotes, which is more secure and durable than paper.It will enter circulation in England on September 14, and the previous £10 note will fall out of circulation by the spring of next year. You can see all the features of the new currency on the Bank of England site devoted to it.

Jane Austen is the author of such beloved English classics as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. Born in 1875, she is known for her humor and wit, poking fun at the social conventions of the wealthy in 18th-century England. Aside from the Queen of England, Austen is the only woman featured on an English banknote.

What do you think of Jane Austen being featured on the new note? Let us know in the comments!

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