Winchester City Museum, The Square, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9ES
A rare opportunity to see one of the few surviving objects owned by Jane herself. Louise West, local expert on Jane and former Curator of the Jane Austen Museum, will be talking about this unique article of clothing from the Regency period. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
This silk pelisse, dated between 1812 and 1814, is one of very few surviving garments believed to have been worn, and owned, by Jane Austen. From her letters it is clear that while she owned more than one pelisse, she had only one made of silk. It is likely that she is referring to this garment in a letter to her sister, Cassandra, in August 1814:
‘Henry...has once mentioned...calling on the Birches & the Crutchleys...It may never come to anything, but I must provide for the possibility, by troubling you to send up my Silk Pelisse.’
Owning a silk pelisse, a luxury item, suggests that Austen allowed herself a treat, now that her writing income permitted her some independence. Extensive investigation carried out on the pelisse has revealed the owner to have been between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and a present UK size 4 to 6.
● Saturday 15 September: Two talks 1100 & 1330
Museum is open to visit, but talk must be pre-booked.
Max 10 people per tour/session. Talk takes approximately 30 minutes.
The City Museum is located in The Square, adjacent to the Cathedral Outer Close.