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The Exhibition

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The Display Boards

The text of the boards is adapted by Antony Edmonds from his book Jane Austen's Worthing: The Real Sanditon, where most of the pictures also first appeared.

  1. The Austen family, 1800–1809 - A semi-nomadic existence
    Portrait of Jane Austen © National Portrait Gallery London
  2. The Austens' stay in Worthing - The dates and the people
    Both pictures © Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  3. Fanny Austen’s diaries - A 12 year old in Worthing in 1805
    Portrait of Fanny Austen © Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton and picture of Wicks’s Baths © Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  4. Stanford’s Cottage - The house where Jane Austen stayed
    Both pictures © West Sussex County Council Library Service, www.westsussexpast.org.uk
  5. On Worthing Beach - Activities and entertainments
    Picture of Worthing Beach c. 1811 © Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  6. At the Library - Spooner’s and Stafford’s – two rival establishments
    Picture of the Colonnade and Warwick House © Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  7. St Mary’s Broadwater - The church that Jane Austen attended
  8. Map of Worthing in 1805 - The town as Jane Austen knew it
    Map © Antony Edmonds 2015
  9. Warwick House - The model for “Trafalgar House”
  10. Edward Ogle - The inspiration for “Mr Parker”
    Picture of South Street © Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  11. Broadwater - “Old Sanditon” in all but name
  12. Offington and its parkland - A distinct resemblance to“Sanditon House”
    Picture of Offington House © Sussex County Council Library Service, www.westsussexpast.org.uk