đź“Ž The Bank of England printed a flirtatious lie on its new Jane Austen banknote

The Bank based its design on an 1870 etching based on a purportedly more realistic portrait of Austen drawn by her sister Cassandra. The unfinished pencil-and-watercolor sketch currently displayed at London’s National Portrait Gallery depicts Austen with bags under her eyes, a pointy nose and a receding chin.

However, the portrait that’s been printed on millions of banknotes shows a prettier version, with Austen’s features softened and idealized.

Carles Bellver TorlĂ  @carlesbellver