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Family Likeness by Caitlin Davies
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne

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Dido Belle (1761–1804) was raised as a gentlewoman in the household of her great-uncle Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice of England. She was the most celebrated biracial woman in the country in her day. She and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray were the subjects of a famous 1779 painting.

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