Loved by countless generations, Pride and Prejudice still inspires films and adaptations two hundred years after it was first published.
This unique silhouette portrait of Jane Austen, and the pamphlet collection, has been created to celebrate Jane Austen’s work and the 2013 bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice.
Creating the silhouette portrait
This fine-art print is based on a silhouette that appeared in a second-edition of Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park. Believed to be a portrait of Jane, the silhouette has become a symbolic representation for Janeites (Jane Austen fans like me) around the world. The original copy is now kept in The National Portrait Gallery in England.
I have given additional depth and clarity to the silhouette, and delicately added tone and shade to enhance the shape of the cheeks and lips. In keeping with the theme of literary heritage, the print uses a classic parchment texture to add an atmosphere of warmth and history.
Including the text from Chapter 1 of Pride and Prejudice
To complete the portrait, the text from Chapter 1 of Pride and Prejudice has been lightly interwoven with the image, beginning with the now famous line…
'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.'
As a companion piece, a 'pamphlet series' will also be produced featuring much-loved characters from the book. Each pamphlet will feature a delightful illustration by Hugh Thomson – the talented artist commissioned to produce a series of drawings for the 1894 publication of Pride and Prejudice. The back of each pamphlet will contain a literary synopsis outlining the characters and their personalities. Each individual pamphlet measures 165mm x 78mm.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Mr Charles Bingley
If we reach our second stretch goal an additional five character pamphlets will be added to the series. I'll be asking all backers of the project to vote on which additional characters they would like to see featured.
There are three reward levels to choose from:
Reward 1 (small)
1x Elizabeth Bennet pamphlet, 1x Mr Darcy pamphlet.
Small silhouette portrait: 10 x 7 inches (255mm x 180mm).
Reward 2 (large)
Complete set of companion pamphlets.
Large silhouette portrait: 23.5 x 16.5 inches (594mm x 420mm).
Reward 3 (grande)
Complete set of companion pamphlets
Grande silhouette portrait: 33 x 23.5 inches (841mm x 594mm).
Risks and challenges
Printing will be handled by a local talented and reliable printer. The printing process will begin immediately after the project has completed (17th May) so the prints will be produced and dispatched by the 31st May 2013.
At the end of the project I'll ask you to fill out a backer survey to confirm the address you would like your reward to be shipped to (don't worry, it's very easy). Postage and packaging is FREE of charge to anywhere in the world.
Your reward has been designed as a complete package. All items will be properly protected when in transit. International deliveries will be sent via the reliable international AirMail service, which takes around 5 working days to deliver to addresses in Europe and the USA (addresses in the rest of the world will take around 8 days for delivery).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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