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Jane Austen To Be Featured on New £10 Banknote

The Bank of England has announced that 19th century author and poetess Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) will be featured on the £10 banknote of the “F” series to be introduced in 2007 with the concern of the £20 featuring Economist Adam Smith.

Soon after considerably controversy in the UK following the announcement in March that Sir Winston Churchill would be incorporated on the upcoming “F” series £5 to be issued in 2016 and as a result supplanting Elizabeth Fry on English banknotes, campaigners petitioned the Bank of England to maintain females personalities on the reverse sides of the notes. Austen, an English novelist who, utilizing wit and social observation, offered astute insights into 19th  century life, typically praising the virtues of explanation and intelligence and highlighting some of the barriers that society erected against the progression of females. Numerous academics and the public alike contemplate her to be 1 of the greatest writers in English history.

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The new note, scheduled to be released in 2017, will incorporate an image of Austen which was commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, and adapted from an original sketch drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen. In the background of the note involves an image of Godmersham Park which was residence of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen’s brother. Jane Austen visited the home often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a quantity of her novels. Also incorporated in the proposed design is an illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988). A renowned quote attributed to Jane Austen “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” is to be placed just beneath her portrait which will be situated to the proper half of the note.

The banknote was unveiled by the Bank of England’s new Governor Mark Carney and the Bank’s Chief Cashier Chris Salmon along with the head of the Notes Division Victoria Cleland at Chawton Home. In his comments in the course of the unveiling of the note Governor Carney stated, “Jane Austen surely merits a location in the pick group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognized as one of the greatest writers in English literature.”

With the concern of the £10 note in 2017, the “F” series will be complete as the £5 Churchill note is scheduled for issue the year in 2016. For much more details on the new proposed note and to study much more about Jane Austen, please visit the internet site of the Bank of England at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/characters/austen.aspx

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