The image of the famous author being used by the Bank of England is not a true depiction, according to an Austen expert.
The Government has stepped in to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson taking a gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the UK.
Unveiling Jane Austen as the new face of £10 notes, the new Bank of England Governor hinted at what is in store on August 7.
Jane Austen's heroine Emma will be given a literary makeover by crime writer Alexander McCall Smith in a new novel that will be published 199 years after the original.
The book is part of the Austen Project which sees modern authors reinterpret Austen's work with Joanna Trollope's Sense and Sensibility due out this month and crime novelist Val McDermid's version of Northanger Abbey out next year.
McCall Smith said: "Writing a contemporary version of Emma is both a privilege and a real challenge. Not only is Emma one of the finest novels in the English language, but it is possibly Jane Austen's most thought-provoking and interesting book."
Caroline Criado-Perez, the campaigner who successfully pushed for women other than the Queen to feature on English banknotes, has been subjected to a series of threats on Twitter.
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She has received support from Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow, and Times columnist Caitlin Moran among many others.
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Jane Austen will be the face of the new £10 note, the Bank of England announced. The decision is a victory for equality campaigners who launched an online protest just three months ago after the bank announced it was replacing the only woman currently featuring on a banknote with Winston Churchill.
Austen will become the third women, apart from the Queen, to be immortalised in such a way. The bank also said it will review the process it uses to select historical figures for banknotes in the future, as Richard Edgar reports.
Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed the decision by the new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to put Jane Austen on the new £10 notes.
Mark Carney’s choice of Jane Austen as face of £10 note is great. After understandable row over lack of women, shows sense and sensibility
The Bank of England has announced today that is reviewing how it chooses the faces of its notes, given their responsibility as a public body to act within the spirit of equality.
Welcoming the decision, journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, who set up the online petition, said:
"To hear Jane Austen confirmed is fantastic, but to hear the process will be comprehensively reviewed is even better."
The Bank said it wanted to reassure people that it was never its intention that none of the historic characters appearing on banknotes would be a woman. Explaining the reasons behind the review, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said:
"We want people to have confidence in our commitment to diversity."
The Bank of England was persuaded by an online petition started by a freelance journalist on the campaign site change.org, after it announced Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by Winston Churchill on £5 notes. Journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, who started the petition, said:
"Without this campaign, without the 35,000 people who signed our Change.org petition, the Bank of England would have unthinkingly airbrushed women out of history."
One of the world's most popular female authors, Jane Austen, will soon be immortalised on our bank notes, the Bank of England confirmed.
Announcing the decision, new Bank of England Governor Mark 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 recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields.
The new £10 note, which will be issued by 2017, will feature the following:
- A portrait of Austen, commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Austen by her sister Cassandra
- An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking "The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop
- The image of Godmersham Park, home of Austen's brother and believed to be an inspiration for many of her novels
- An image of Jane Austen's writing table and quills
- The following quote:
– Miss Bingley, Chapter 11, Pride and Prejudice
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!