Cassandra Austen's Artwork

Silhouette of Cassandra Austen

Of her seven siblings, Jane Austen is thought to have had the closest relationship with her older sister Cassandra.  As the only daughters of of Rev. George Austen and Cassandra Leigh, Jane and Cassandra remained close throughout their lives.  After Austen's death, Cassandra is known for destroying the majority of her sister's correspondence.  The 160 surviving letters, as well as Cassandra's artwork and accounts of Jane, provide a limited glimpse into the life of this beloved author.1

1 Laura Boyle, "Cassanda Austen: Jane Austen's Beloved Sister,"  July 16, 2011, Jane Austen Magazine, accessed August 16, 2016, https://www.janeausten.co.uk/cassandra-austen-jane-austens-beloved-older-sister/.

2 Annette Upfal and Christine Alexander, "Are We Ready for New Directions? Jane Austen's The History of England & Cassandra's Portraits," Persuasions On-line 30, no. 2 (2010), accessed September 12, 2016, http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol30no2/upfal-alexander.html.

Cassandra Austen's Artwork