Jane portrait goes to a very good home

It couldn't have gone to a more appropriate new owner – a painting of Basingstoke author Jane Austen is now hanging in pride of place in the home of the borough’s ‘first lady’ also called Jane.

Mayoress Councillor Jane Frankum is the proud owner of the lovely picture of the world-famous author after her sons, the borough’s Mayor Cllr Paul Frankum and Tony, successfully bid for it in an online charity auction that has raised funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Prolific artist and illustrator Lois Cordelia painted the picture at the Sitting With Jane BookBench auction in September – and her work of art has now sold for £330.

Cllr Paul Frankum and Tony were delighted to be the successful bidders for the picture, which they bought for their mum – who was last year’s Mayor – as a birthday present.

Mrs Frankum, who represents Popley West on the borough council and Basingstoke North on the county council, said: “I am thrilled to be the new owner of this lovely painting. 

"My sons got it for me as a birthday present, and also in memory of Ken, my husband and their dad, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2011.

“Our family had a traumatic time during Ken’s illness, having to visit several different hospitals. 

"We are all pleased that the money that has been raised through the online auction will help Ark’s campaign to raise vital funds for the new cancer treatment centre. Having treatment and supportive services under one roof will make a big difference to people and will help to save lives.”

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: “The charity is very grateful to Lois for her kind and generous support in painting this lovely picture for auction, and thanks to everyone who put in a bid.

“I am delighted that the picture has been bought as a birthday present for Mayoress Jane. It is a lovely and generous gift from her sons, and the sale of the painting has delivered another welcome boost from the Sitting With Jane project, which Ark was delighted to be involved in as the charity partner.”

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Councillor Jane Frankum with the painting of Jane Austen that was bought for her by her sons.