Thursday, November 29, 2012

Major Works of Jane Austen painting

I have been working on this painting for the last two months.

In it are depicted all the main couples from Jane Austen's six major novels.

You can see Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars taking a stroll, followed by Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood; Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet; Emma and Mr.Knightley in front of Donwell Abbey; Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram; Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney in the garden; Anne Elliot and Capitain Wentworth standing on the sea shore.

A little bit about the painting:
I wanted to show the characters in their "happily ever after", that is why some of them are holding hands or embracing. I chose flowers in the borders and some colors with the characters in mind. White apple blossoms for Elinor Dashwood for her and wholesomeness, hot house flowers and wild ones for Marianne since both are mentioned in the book, yellow roses and gown for Elizabeth Bennet because Jane Austen herself pictured Elizabeth in a yellow dress and yellow rose seems to me to embody her vivacious personality, pink almond blossoms for Emma, who is lively and young, roses for Fanny since aunt Norris made her pick them in the heat of the day, she is also wearing a riding habit because she is mentioned in the book as a rider, hyacinths and evergreen boughs for Catherine who "learns to love a hyacinth" and strolls with Eleanor Tilney in the evergreen walk, and forget-me-nots for Anne and Wentworth who forget each other not for all eight and a half years of their separation.


  1. That is beautiful! I love all the details.

  2. Heather,
    Thank you! I have been fretting over this painting so long it seemed I would never be finished with it.
    Thank you for pinning it too.

  3. Masha this is just gorgeous! I loved reading all the reasoning behind the flowers you put on the boarders of each couple! Forget-me-nots for Anne & Wentworth are particularly wonderful to describe their relationship! Loving the Mansfield Park couple too, Fanny looks so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing this, it made me smile! :)

  4. *sniff* The last line of the text got me - forget-me-nots! Awwwww ;-)