BookBenches

There are 24 beautiful BookBenches to discover – each designed and painted by a professional artist inspired by the life and work of Jane Austen. As you can see there is incredible variety in theme, colour and style – which is your favourite?

This BookBench was inspired by Jane Austen's words –to sit in the shade one fine day and to look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment”. This craft centre was Viables Farm, part of the Portsm.... more
•The House That Jane Built is a representation of a Regency dolls' house giving you glimpse into Jane's life or a scene from one of her novels, or maybe the Russell family at Goldings, the building b.... more
This design celebrates Jane's love of dance, the faded images are reminiscent of musical scores, and shows the floorplan and facade of the Vyne, a few miles away from here where Jane was known to da.... more
This rather special BookBench design was inspired by the sketchbook for the new £2 coin that will come into circulation this year to commemorate Jane Austen's life. Look for the medallion embedded in.... more
•Beyond the Birdcage, represents the restrictions felt by women of Jane Austen's time with the birds flying to symbolise the beginning of a new freedom inspired by Austen for women to begin to make t.... more
This modern graphic art style design uses popular quotes from Jane Austen and from film interpretations of her novels, that have just as much resonance today as they would have had  200 years ago. We.... more
This BookBench is inspired by the Regency streets of Bath, where Jane Austen lived a few years after leaving her birthplace at Steventon, near Basingstoke when she was 25. Bath was the setting for sce.... more
This design interprets Hugh Thomson's famous peacock edition cover for •Pride and Predjudice and brings the novel's characters to life in a fun and memorable way. It resonates with the sponsor, Abstr.... more
This colourful BookBench depicts Jane Austen working at her desk - never ending paper and colours that reflect her strength and the vibrancy of her ideas. Sitting here you take in the colour and vibra.... more
This spectacular and colourful BookBench celebrates the famous cover of the 1894 edition of Pride and Prejudice, known as the Golden Peacock cover, wrapping peacock feathers around the design and fram.... more
This colourful BookBench was inspired by Steventon Church and the beauty of the landscape and wildlife that surround it, close to Jane Austen's birthplace. Here in Old Basing, the wildlife is just as .... more
This beautiful design is based on Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Mr Darcy's home, Pemberley, used as the setting for film versions of Jane Austen's novels. You can enjoy the view of parkland f.... more