Jane Austen waxwork based on 'hideous' portrait of author unveiled in Bath
The statue is also modelled on contemporary accounts of the writer
A waxwork based on a picture of Jane Austen described by her niece as “hideously unlike” the author has been unveiled in Bath.
Created by forensics artist Melissa Dring, the waxwork at The Jane Austen Centre is based on a small watercolour painted by Austen’s sister Cassandra in 1810, which has been acknowledged by experts as a poor attempt.
Dring also based the waxwork on contemporary accounts of what the writer looked after spending a year studying letters and diary entries.
The Jane Austen Centre said the statue is the closest “anyone has come to the real Jane Austen for 200 years”.
Dring said the waxwork was “pretty much like her” but did admit that Cassandra’s original portrait of the author “does make it look like she’s been sucking lemons”.
A waxwork model on display at The Jane Austen Centre in Bath “She has a somewhat sour and dour expression. But we know for all accounts of her, she was very lively, very great fun to be with and a mischievous and witty person,” she told the BBC.
The figure has been dressed in authentic-period costume by Bafta and Emmy award-winning designer Andrea Galer.
Ex-Madame Tussaud’s hair and colour artist Nell Clarke has put the finishing touches to the statue, which is now on display to the public.
film Sex scene trailer sees a shirtless Jamie Dornan turn up the heat
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account