Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Jane Austen
"In the Original Cloth"
Unauthenticated contemporary watercolor of Jane Austen
On Exhibit: September 25 - October 16, 2009
Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds first editions of most of Jane Austen's novels. Out of one of them, Emma (1816), comes a contemporary watercolor, unauthenticated and wanting any other indications of provenance but looking very much like other, better-attested representations of Austen. We display all five novels, the portrait, and a small selection of other works of her period. Penn''s collection of pre-1820 English fiction is one of the largest outside the United Kingdom. Students and scholars regularly use it as one means of coming to understand Austen in her own fictional context. Radcliffe, Scott, Southey, and several of the gothic novelists whom Austen read or mentions are on display in this tribute to "Jane Austen's Brothers and Sisters in the City of Brotherly Love," the annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held in Philadelphia this October.
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
Rosenwald Gallery (east end), 6th floor, Van-Pelt Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, by prior arrangement, noon-4pm