Elizabeth Jane Newsome

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

Artist's Description

My newest character portrait in the series Hardy’s Women, is from his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge
“About eighteen years old when she and her mother arrive in Casterbridge, Elizabeth-Jane is the daughter of her mother’s second husband, Newson….the man she married after her first husband Henchard, (now Mayor of Casterbridge) sold her to Newson years before, in a public marketplace…
Elizabeth Jane is a sweet, innocent young woman who is ignorant of the social graces required of a mayor’s stepdaughter. She strives to improve herself, reading constantly and studying Latin and geography.
Gradually she transforms herself into the kind of sophisticated young lady Henchard believes he ought to have as a daughter. When Henchard alternates between doting on her and verbally abusing her, she never understands why, especially when Henchard (mistakenly) reveals the “truth” about who her father was. She never really lives up to Henchard’s expectations of her and is often unhappy

Watercolour and Charcoal on Sanded Paper…my imagined portrait of Eustacia Vye…

Some of the Hardy collection can be seen below…the remainder can be viewed by clicking the title below…


Eustacia Vye

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Winter on Durnover Field

Wessex Tales

Wessex Tales 2

The Return of the Native

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