Life in the Country
Shapely and sharply detailed, trimmed with artistry and wit: That might describe a Jane Austen novel—or a silhouette by her favorite nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh. His little hand-tooled leather album, pride of the Austen family for generations, is filled with delectable images of fishing trips and fox hunts, hogs and hay wagons, bonneted ladies and shotgun-sporting gents, all cut freehand by this canny master of the scissors. Now the British Library has collected the cream of Austen-Leigh's little-known vignettes and paired them with apt quotations from the writings of his cherished aunt Jane to produce Life in the Country
, an enchanting glimpse of the landscape this writer called home.
— Cathleen Medwick