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:
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:
Author Jane Austen will feature on £10 notes from 2017, the Bank of England has announced.
Campaigners have hailed the Bank of England decision to have author Jane Austen appear on the new £10 note as "a brilliant day for women and a fantastic one for people power."
A 35,000-name petition was presented to the Bank in the wake of the decision to put Sir Winston Churchill on £5 notes in place of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry - one of only two female selections since historical figures were introduced in 1970.
Caroline Criado-Perez, who set up the petition on campaign site Change.org, said:
Author Jane Austen will appear on £10 notes from 2017, the Bank of England said today.