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What's New?

Older housekeeping news (look here for information about Wishbone's Jane Austen episodes, PBS Masterpiece's Complete Jane Austen, and Crystallised Beauty, the ITV Jane Austen season theme music)

Antique Fashionista

What Would Jane Do?

For your perusal

Ackermann's Repository

Looking back at Ackermann's Repository (last updated 1 December 2009)
The original Ackermann's Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c. was published monthly from 1809-1829 and featured a pair of fashion plates in addition to other illustrations and articles covering a variety of topics. These delicate aquatint illustrations and lovely fashions continue to delight and inspire us two hundred years later. Throughout 2009, new desktop wallpapers were posted each month showcasing two fashion plates: one from 1809 and the other from a different year during Jane Austen's lifetime. Enjoy a year-long tour through this popular late Georgian-Regency publication!

NA Adaptations Page

Northanger Abbey Adaptations Page (last updated 18 February 2009)
A list of the various Northanger Abbey radio, stage play, and TV/film adaptations, with links to reviews, pictures, cast lists and more. Compiled and reviewed by a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant NA fangirl.


These pages primarily feature the lovely watercolor illustrations by Charles Edmund (“C.E.”) Brock, but include assorted odds and ends relating to the novels as well ... whatever catches my interest and is unlikely to be included on other Austen pages.

 

Sense and Sensibility
Sense & Sensibility
1908 edition, 24 watercolors
 
Emma
Emma
1909 edition, 24 watercolors
Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
1907 edition, 24 watercolors
coming soon!

 
Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
1907 edition, 24 watercolors
Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
1908 edition, 24 watercolors
 
Persuasion
Persuasion
1909 edition, 24 watercolors

About this site

This not-for-profit site was created to provide information in the following areas:

(1) A collection of educational and research resources relating to Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen's often overlooked and underrated work

(2) For the enjoyment of Austen, Brock, and fashion plate fans, my collection of C.E. Brock watercolor illustrations (a complete set for each novel) and a selection of images from my fashion plate collection.

I used Pia Frauss' Jane Austen font to create the titles and headings, and the backgrounds are from the Oxford Illustrated editions of Jane Austen's novels.

A note regarding image use: Several donors have shared their collections on this site and their generosity should be respected.

Do feel welcome to use the Brock illustrations for your nonprofit projects (academic papers, noncommercial web sites, avatars, icons), and please do give credit to Solitary Elegance as the image source.

Please do NOT download every single image and put the whole collection on your site, and do NOT use them for any commercial or for-profit website or project. Likewise, by downloading the desktop wallpapers on this site, you agree to use them for personal or noncommercial purposes only. The descriptive text and other notes in the Ackermann gallery have been transcribed by me from original pages of Ackermann's Repository in my personal collection. Wallpapers and/or associated text should not be posted on other web sites unless credit is given to Solitary Elegance as the source and with my express permission. I do my best to provide appropriate attribution and expect others to offer me the same courtesy.

Me

About me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Laurence (also known as Heather L) has lived most of her life in Seattle, Washington, leaving only long enough to earn a BA in Classical Studies from Brigham Young University. Like Northanger Abbey's Catherine Morland, she enjoys country walks and horrid novels. She also writes for AustenBlog. Heather currently lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons, and two Ragdoll cats.

When not pretentiously referring to myself in the third person, I take pleasure in a great many things. I've always been an avid reader, but didn't discover Jane Austen until my mid-twenties. Since then I've been making up for lost time. Learn more about me from my personal blog, but be advised that most of the blog posts are geared toward family and friends. My embroidery blog follows my progress through cross-stitch, Hardanger, and the occasional quilting project.

Direct correspondence to comments at solitary-elegance dot com

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