Jane Austen’s writing table – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire, England.
Not long before her death, Jane Austen described her writing as being
done with a fine brush on a “little bit (not two inches wide) of ivory”.
Her novels are not miniatures, but she did work on a surface not so
much bigger than those two imagined inches of ivory. This fragile
12-sided piece of walnut on a single tripod must be the smallest table
ever used by a writer.
Having no room of her own, she established herself near the little-used
front door, and here “she wrote upon small sheets of paper which could
easily be put away, or covered with a piece of blotting paper”. A
creaking swing door gave her warning when anyone was coming, and she
refused to have the creak remedied.
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