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Jane Austen's great nieces and nephews; the children of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Bt (1781-1849) and his second wife Fanny, née Knight, formerly Austen (1793-1882)

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Estimate:

1,200

to
- 1,500 GBP

English School

English School

Jane Austen's great nieces and nephews; the children of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Bt (1781-1849) and his second wife Fanny, née Knight, formerly Austen (1793-1882)

Jane Austen's great nieces and nephews; the children of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Bt (1781-1849) and his second wife Fanny, née Knight, formerly Austen (1793-1882)

Estimate:

1,200

to
- 1,500 GBP

Lot sold:

30,240

GBP

English School

1836

Jane Austen's great nieces and nephews; the children of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Bt (1781-1849) and his second wife Fanny, née Knight, formerly Austen (1793-1882)


including double portraits of: Fanny Elizabeth and Matilda Catherine; Alicia Sophia and Edward Hugessen; Reginald Bridges and Richard Astley; Louisa Susanna and Hubery Thomas

Each watercolour and bodycolour, gilt-metal mounts, black lacquer frames;

one dated lower right: March / 1836

Each circa 70 x 91 mm.

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Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Bt (1781-1849), whose second wife Fanny was Jane Austen’s niece
Inventory, 1926, p. 15, in the Garden Room.
You are inimitable, irresistible. You are the delight of my life. Such letters, such entertaining letters, as you have lately sent! such a description of your queer little heart! such a lovely display of what imagination does. You are worth your weight in gold, or even in the new silver coinage.

Jane Austen to Fanny Knight, February 20th 1816.

Fanny Knight was the eldest of Jane Austen's nieces and a close companion to her aunt. She was the daughter of the author's brother Edward who took the surname Knight having become the heir to Thomas Knight of Godmersham in Kent. Here Fanny grew up often visited by her aunt. In 1820, three years after the author's death, she married Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Bt. They had eight children all of whom are depicted in these paired miniatures. After Sir Edward's death in 1849 she moved from Mersham to Provender, and it was there that Cassandra Austen, the author's sister, sent Jane Austen's family correspondence and the manuscript of Lady Susan. These came to light following Lady Knatchbull's death in 1882 and the correspondence was subsequently edited and published for the first time by her son, Edward Hugessen Knatchbull, 1st Lord Brabourne, in 1884. It was dedicated to Queen Victoria.