Leon Steinmetz
The Beautifull Cassandra

The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen, written when she was twelve years old, is part of the author's Juvenilia, which mainly consists of short satiric and farcical pieces. It tells the story of a young lady who sets out on an adventure around the city of London. 

Leon Steinmetz's (b. 1944, Moscow) series of drawings act as a visual counterpart to Jane Austen's youthful writing. Used for the 2018 Princeton University Press publication, they were excecuted with a large Chinese calligraphy brush projecting a sense of movement and whimsical freedom. 

 

Steinmetz, Leon
Her father was of noble Birth
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
elegant Bonnet
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
The first person she met
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
she devoured six ices
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
She next ascended a Hackney Coach
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
the Coachman demanded his Pay
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
The man grew peremptory
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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Steinmetz, Leon
she met Maria
Black and red watercolour on paper.
Size of sheet: 17 x 21 cm.

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