Jane Austen Sighting

I was flipping through my copy of War and Peace, and was surprised to find this illustration:

The illustration (by Feliks Topolski) resembles the portrait of Jane Austen from the memoir of her by James Edward Austen-Leigh. Which portrait, in its turn, was based on a sketch of Jane Austen (c. 1810) by her sister Cassandra Austen.


My copy of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy was translated by Rosemary Edmonds and illustrated by Feliks Topolski (London: The Folio Society, 1978).


Jane Austen is everywhere!


One comment on “Jane Austen Sighting

  1. I Meredith says:

    That’s really extraordinary! I have the FS War & Peace but never spotted this. Clearly a man with a sense of humor, Mr Topolski.
    Thanks for this posting.

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