A portrait which some experts believe shows the face of Jane Austen
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Could this be the face of Jane Austen?

5 December 2011 Last updated at 13:50 GMT

She may be very famous, but putting a face to the woman behind such classics as Pride and Prejudice and Emma has not been easy.

But that could be about to change.

A portrait is being examined which many believe is that of Jane Austen.

The BBC's David Sillito reports.