Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"What Jane Saw" Provides a Virtual Time Travel Experience for Janeites

When my JASNA friends Caroline Davis and Paula Covington both recently e-mailed me about a Jane Austen-related Internet exhibit, I knew that it must be something special...and it was!  If you have any interest in what paintings Jane Austen may have seen at a London exhibit on May 24, 1813, you don't have to go any farther than clicking on the link just below the watercolor image of the art gallery (see above).  From that point, you will enter into an ambitious online exhibit called "What Jane Saw."  This website, produced by Janine Barchas, an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, allows modern day viewers to wander through a reconstruction of paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds that were on display for Austen and her contemporaries to see in 1813.  Besides Austen, Lord Byron and the Prince Regent were part of the crowd who viewed these paintings at this early "blockbuster" exhibit.

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