Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, is undertaking a wide range of celebratory events in support of the ‘Jane Austen 200’ commemorations, marking the 200th anniversary of the death in 1817 of Britain’s best-loved writer.
In addition, the Museum is planning to commission a stone letter-cut sculpture to be sited in the garden of Jane Austen’s house. (There is precedent for this with a memorial plaque on the front of the house, commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of her death and which has recently been restored.)
The main aims of the commission are:
To give permanent expression to Jane Austen’s life and work with a commemorative sculpture.
To commemorate the bicentenary of the country’s most enduringly popular author in the very place where she lived and wrote her books.
Existing memorials, notably in Winchester, deal with her death, and this commission provides an opportunity to celebrate her life.
The Museum has invited three leading lettering artists to submit their ideas for the sculpture, and would now like to ask Jane Austen readers and enthusiasts to offer their suggestions on the actual lettering to be cut in stone.
You are invited to suggest one of your favourite quotations, of no more than twenty-five words, drawn from Jane Austen’s novels, poems or letters.
The Museum’s Curator and staff – who will make the final decision about the text to be cut – will be issuing the chosen text to the artists, and the sculpture will be in place in the garden by the end of the year.
The museum will not enter into any discussion or correspondence about the choice of text but will be taking everyone’s suggestions with appreciation and gratitude.
The source of your suggestion should be fully given and should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading to read: ‘Lettering Quotations’.
All suggestions must be received by 9:00am on Friday 2 June 2017.