On Tuesday, July 18, in the 200-year anniversary of the death of a famous British writer Jane Austen, the Bank of England has officially unveiled the new 10-pound banknote with the image.
The presentation was held in Winchester Cathedral, where is buried the writer. Paying tribute to the «first lady of English literature» dozens of people came to the ceremony in period costume, described by Jane Austen.
For new banknotes, the Bank of England used the portrait of the writer made in 1817. It was commissioned after her death and was drawn from the sketch drawn by sister Jane Austen, Cassandra, in 1810. The sketch shows at the National portrait gallery in London, Jane’s thin lips, pointed chin and bags under the eyes. The artist is a little «tweaked» the appearance of the writer, making the face more rounded and giving it a more refreshed look.