Accept the authenticity of the long-disputed Rice Portrait of Jane Austen

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Accept the authenticity of the long-disputed Rice Portrait of Jane Austen

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The Rice portrait has now been authenticated beyond doubt, following an independent forensic investigation of writing visible on a photographic plate taken of it in 1910, before later restoration and cleaning obscured these elements. The details of this conclusive evidence were revealed in the Times Literary Supplement (30 August 2013), in an article by Claudia Johnson of Princeton University . Today, this portrait of Jane Austen aged 13 may be described as the only professionally-painted likeness in existence of Britain's most beloved authoress, and the NPG's continued rejection of it is no longer tenable.

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