Jane Austen and the Penguin


In 1801, on leaving Steventon, Hampshire, Jane Austen arrived in Bath somewhat distressed by an increasing sense of displacement. Her continuing anguish marked a struggle to write with the wit and ease experienced before at her family home.

A short note has latterly been found between the pages of a book, possibly being read by Miss Austen at the time:

“Good gracious! A penguin has appeared at my table. Will you help or hinder my pen, Sir, I wonder.”

The illustration depicts that astonishing first meeting between Jane Austen and the penguin.



Size: 218 x 248mm (actual printed image area) with a border of approx 40mm on all sides.
The images are taken from original water colour illustrations.
They are are re-produced in the UK by an award winning Fine Art Giclee printer using archival pigmented inks
that should last without fading from between seventy five and a hundred years at least.