A Portrait Thought to be Jane Austen is Unearthed!
It is very likely that this portrait depicts the writer at the age of 13:
Reproduction of Portrait hoped to be Austen at 13
This portrait has been at the centre of a debate for many years, but only now has it been digitally reproduced for the general public to see. Whilst the evidence seems to point absolutely at the conclusion that this is Jane herself, it is only now that doubts about its subject are starting to be proven wrong,
The main reason this portrait hasn't been verified as Jane were the doubts of the National Portrait Gallery.
However, the new evidence seems to suggest that they were mistaken,
'But the new evidence also provides important clues that could contradict the established view. The digital analysis has been conducted on a photograph of the canvas dating back to 1910 when the photographer Emery Walker was hired to reproduce the image for a collection of Jane Austen's letters. The original glass plates have since been stored in the National Portrait Gallery's own reference library, and have only now been digitally reproduced.' (Source)
Further analysis will surely prove either way, but I for one like to believe that it is Jane...and how beautiful she was!