Jane Austen made this simple paper case for holding needles as a gift for her niece Louisa. Austen herself was a fine needlewoman, as were many women of her class: needlework, like music, drawing, dancing and modern languages, was a desirable female accomplishment. Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother produced an intricate and beautiful patchwork coverlet while living in Chawton, Hampshire.
- Article by:
- Kathryn Sutherland
- The novel 1780–1832
The late 18th and early 19th centuries saw fierce debates about the nature and purpose of women’s education. Professor Kathryn Sutherland assesses these debates and describes the education and reading practices of Jane Austen and her female characters.