The Vyne: Meet Eliza Chute

July 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm (books, chutes of the vyne, estates, jane austen, travel) (, , , , , , , , )

Want to walk in the FOOTSTEPS of Mary and Emma? A visit to The Vyne is one of the few “open to the public” homes which they used to inhabit, both women visited “Aunt Chute” and her home. Emma, being Eliza Chute’s niece from birth, visited more often – and came away with the ultimate […]

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Dying to Read: Eliza Chute Letters

January 6, 2013 at 7:26 am (history, news, people, research) (, , , , , , )

The above letters were MUCH publicized in the summer of 2012 (thanks, Deb Barnum, for telling me about them in the first place!) Extreme frustration in trying to get anyone at The Vyne to respond beyond a “thanks for contacting us”… I’ve written a good four times, to four different people – gotten one response. So […]

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Byrne’s Jane Austen Portrait: By Eliza Chute?

December 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm (chutes of the vyne, diaries, history, jane austen, news, portraits and paintings, research) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Jane Austen‘s presumed portrait (at left), c1815, may have caused some hearts to skip a beat; mine skipped several beats for a far different reason: The unmistakable relationship to another portrait, a family portrait, indicating that the artist might be Eliza Chute was staring me in the face! At the beginning of November, I received […]

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Eliza Chute & Jane Austen in Basingstoke

January 26, 2009 at 11:08 pm (entertainment) (, , , )

A short announcement of a talk for those in the Basingstoke (Hampshire, England) area this summer: The 2009 program of talks held at the Willis Museum will host Mrs G. Dunstan on July 16th. She speaks on “Eliza Chute, A Gentlewoman in local society in Jane Austen’s day — and after.’ All talks begin at […]

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Eliza Chute in Silhouette

October 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm (chutes of the vyne, people, portraits and paintings) (, , , , , )

A busy weekend; have one article in the proof stage and another that needed some revision (and got a bit expanded — all to its benefit, if I say so myself). Last night I was so wide awake that I pulled out the newest book to land in my mailbox: A Life in the Country […]

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Eliza Chute, part II

June 13, 2008 at 10:58 am (chutes of the vyne) (, , )

Was thinking that maybe some readers, unable or unwilling to afford Le Faye’s Chronology ($150!), might like to have a taste of Eliza Chute’s diary entries, especially those involving the Austins (as she always spelled the name). On 15 October 1793, Eliza Smith married William Chute, MP and settled at The Vyne for the rest […]

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Eliza Chute, of The Vyne

June 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm (introduction) (, , , )

Reading the post below, reminds me to mention here a wonderful article that does indeed cite the diaries of Eliza Chute. It was destined for JAS’s annual publication (Report), but, forgotten, it ended up online — for which I am truly grateful: that fact gave me a chance to read it. The author, Anne Hardy, […]

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Austen/Chute – more Byrne Jane Austen portrait news

January 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm (chutes of the vyne, diaries, history, jane austen, people, portraits and paintings) (, , , , , , )

After a visit to the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, Ellie Bennett posted some interesting photos and thoughts on Reading Eliza Chute’s Regency-era diaries. Not only will Two Teens readers see Eliza’s handwriting, you also get a taste of what the diaries holds for information, especially for the interaction between The Vyne and the various Austen households, […]

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Jane Austen: Chute Red Herring?!

January 4, 2012 at 1:00 am (chutes of the vyne, history, jane austen, news, portraits and paintings, research) (, , , , , , , , )

    Janeite Kelly: Eliza, did you draw that picture now being circulated around England as a portrait of your neighbor, Jane Austin?        Mrs Chute: My dear, we are talking two hundred years ago. Would you remember what you had for dinner yesterday, if you were my age? Late-breaking tweet from Paula Byrne […]

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Orphan in search of its Widow

November 5, 2019 at 2:38 pm (diaries, Help Wanted, jane austen, research) (, , , , , )

When it comes to letters, I think in terms of “Widows” and “Orphans,” like the terminology for single lines at the bottom (“widow”) or top (“orphan”) on printed pages. Programs like Microsoft Word let you toggle “Widow/Orphan Control” (under paragraph) so as to force lines together, leaving neither one-line widow nor one-line orphan. I apply the […]

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