No wonder he served as her literary inspiration

I couldn’t resist a minute to blog about this one:  An exquisite miniature of Tom Lefroy has emerged in England.  He is the man nobody knows under his real name, but everyone knows under his immortal literary alter ego:  Fitzwilliam Darcy.  Thus, while it’s not 100% certain that he served as Jane Austen’s model for that character, it’s pretty darn certain.  As you can see from this picture, painted in 1798, he was a very good looking young man by any standards.  Couple those good looks with the fact that Jane found him charming, and you’ve got literary history in the making.

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  • Marguerite

    Thank you, BW!! His handsome likeness has a calm seriousness that would lead him to become Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. In Austen’s letter to her sister, Cassandra, she related that she and her ‘Irish friend’ behaved ‘in a most profligate and shocking . . . way by dancing and sitting down together.’

  • suek

    Ummm…he looks like he’s in his twenties…but his hair is _gray_ (since we’re talking about Jane Austen, maybe that should be _grey_!) in fact, practically white. Doesn’t that seem odd?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Perhaps he was like Richard Gere or Steve Martin, and went white early. One of the most attractive men I ever met lost almost all his hair by the time he was 20.

  • Marguerite

    Or maybe he went white burning the midnight oil studying for exams that led to his future life as Lord Chief Justice!

  • heather

    Looks like the Draco Malfoy character in the Harry Potter movies.