'It is a very pleasing, sweet face, -- tho', I confess, to not thinking it much like the original; -- but that, the public will not be able to detect.'
-- Cassy Esten Austen, quoted in Jane's Fame
Fascinating! Especially since I've been listening, off and on, again, to the audiobook version of Claire Harman's book Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, and I just heard her rather funny account of the Austen family's efforts to come up with an acceptable portrait of JA to include in her nephew's memoir. They eventually commissioned an artist to 'improve' the only front-facing portrait that existed, this sketch done by Cassandra Austen.
Funny, because Claire Harman describes how JA's appearance went from 'tetchy' to 'not quite so bovine' to 'slightly uncomfortable rather than just stupid' as the new portrait and the engraving made from it for publication evolved.
I think she looks rather nice, now that we've met her.