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!