About Jane Austen's House

The Andrews Portrait of Jane Austen
The Andrews Portrait of Jane Austen is of great interest to us at Jane Austen's House Museum. Though executed from a crude sketch fifty years after her death, it quickly became associated with a view of the novelist as representative of home and hearth and domestic values. It is a view that contributed, among other things, to the foundation in 1948 of Jane Austenís House Museum in her former home here in Chawton, Hampshire.

The Andrews Portrait provides a representation of Jane Austen that remains alive in the popular imagination as a permanent aspect of her enduring appeal. Because its sale comes hard on the heels of our successful campaign to secure Jane Austen's turquoise ring, we are not in a position at the moment to bid the high price that is likely to secure the portrait for our collection and for the nation. However, we watch the outcome with close attention.

We are currently seeking volunteer stewards who are able to work weekends. Stewards welcome visitors, answer questions about the Museum and the Austen family and ensure that visitors have an enjoyable and safe visit.

Full training is given. Half day or full day shifts available.

For more information email janet.johnstone[at]

Future vacancies will be advertised here.




Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SD ~ Tel: +44 (0)1420 83262
Jane Austen's House Museum © 2007

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