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'It's like doctoring a selfie' - new £10 notes provoke outrage over Jane Austen's 'make-over'

Mirror logo Mirror 21/05/2017 Zahra Mulroy
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No one is safe from getting an airbrushing they really never asked for - not even adored and iconic authors.

We may be used to the slightly surreal re-touches of the likes of Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé , but "making over" Jane Austen seems a step too far.

After all, this was a woman who cleverly parodied and critiqued the portrayal of the women of her era and who highlighted social hypocrisy.

We can't be too sure, but it seems unlikely she'd say, "yes, please doctor my image to make me prettier."

This is apparently what the Bank of England has gone and done.

There was a very positive reaction to the inclusion of Austen on the new £10 note.

After Elizabeth Fry was removed from the new £5 note , it means the author is the only non-royal woman to make an appearance on our currency.

But biographers have reportedly been unimpressed at how her image has been touched up.

Perhaps the most iconic likeness of Austen ever done is the painting done by her sister, Cassandra, which is held in the National Gallery.

It shows a rather severe and wide-eyed Austen, an image which has often been described as "sour."

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On the new notes, however, she looks a little like a Disney princess.

"They presumably said to the artist, make it look prettier," Austen biographer Paula Byrne told the Sunday Times .

"It is like doctoring a selfie by a celebrity. It is such a shame because that demure image is just not Austen," she added.

We really don't think Jane would have approved.


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