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Click on the second picture to see my lovely helper - drawing dummy (dummy and her necklace not included) - demonstrating the collage for you :)

When I saw the lovely box frame in a Santa Fe store I had to get it and do something special with it. The soft linen lining was begging for beautiful things. As Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, I painted some watercolors of Henry and Catherine and the Abbey ruins, as well as Catherine's muslin dress and the Assembly Rooms in Bath, where Henry and Catherine first meet. I also hand stitched a tiny journal and filled it with the lovely dialogue from Henry and Catherine's first meeting. A keyhole and a key represent Catherine's curiosity when she encounters all the "secrets" of Northanger Abbey, a rose and a sprig of lavender remind me of an English garden ( I wish I could have found a miniature hyacinth, but I was out of luck there :) and a mother of pearl pin and an antique brass filigree button are some things that could have been worn with a lovely muslin dress of early 1800's. And I couldn't make a collage of Northanger Abbey without a tiny copy of Mysteries of Udolfo.

The 15 1/2"x11" cabinet frame opens easily if you want to examine the treasures more closely and read some more of my favorite quotes I wrote on the back pages of Catherine's journal.

The frame is equipped for hanging only.

Here is some dialogue that is in the journal and the quotes below:

"I shall make but a poor figure in your journal tomorrow."

"My journal!"

"Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings -- plain black shoes -- appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense."

"Indeed I shall say no such thing."

"Shall I tell you what you ought to say?"

"If you please."

"I danced with a very agreeable young man, introduced by Mr. King; had a great deal of conversation with him -- seems a most extraordinary genius -- hope I may know more of him. That, madam, is what I wish you to say."

"But, perhaps, I keep no journal.

At the bottom are some quotes about Henry and Catherine, done on hand torn and antiqued watercolor paper:

"He seemed to be about four or five and twenty, was rather tall, had a pleasing countenance, a very intelligent and lively eye, and, if not quite handsome, was very near it. His address was good, and Catherine felt herself in high luck. There was little leisure for speaking while they danced; but when they were seated at tea, she found him as agreeable as she had already given him credit for being. He talked with fluency and spirit -- and there was an archness and pleasantry in his manner..."

"her heart was affectionate; her disposition cheerful and open, without conceit or affectation of any kind -- her manners just removed from the awkwardness and shyness of a girl; her person pleasing, and, when in good looks, pretty -- and her mind about as ignorant and uninformed as the female mind at seventeen usually is."

"Her passion for ancient edifices was next in degree to her passion for Henry Tilney -- and castles and abbeys made usually the charm of those reveries which his image did not fill."

Northanger Abbey original collage. Jane Austen art. Free shipping.


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