The Unwinding of Fanny Price: A Silhouette from Mansfield Park


For my COVE case, I decided to craft a silhouette of Fanny Price from Mansfield Park (1814). After talking to my friends about their chosen silhouettes and COVE cases, it seemed to me that a lot of the silhouettes would be on more direct and less timid Austen characters of which Fanny Price is not. From this, I got the idea to highlight a more sensitive character. Fanny Price seems to be different from the other Austen heroines, which inspired me to challenge myself to shed light on a character who does not receive as much attention. I used a light blue shade on the frame in order to symbolize a bright and blossoming personality within the character, while I attempted to portray her signature messy hair bun look with beads in it in order to draw further similarities to social stratospheres within the Regency era. Fanny’s face does not fill up the entire frame, which was purposeful in order to display the contrast between her internal and external nature and how she is looked down upon for her nature in certain aspects. I chose to order the pictures to first display Fanny's quiet nature, such as how she is compartmentalized in terms of her social character in the sewing image. The movie poster then displays how Fanny has potential as a heroine to dominate the story, but instead is weighed down by her social characteristics. I am attempting to display how Fanny, as a protagonist, has inner strength that is weighed down by environment she operates in. 

Silhouette of Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, crafted by Anthony Herrera, 2023. This silhouette is of Fanny Price from Mansfield Park (1814). The blue background symbolizes Fanny's sensitivtiy as a protagonist, and it seems fitting for her delicate characteristics. Fanny Price is commonly depicted as having her hair in a bun of sorts, especially in the movies. She is small in the silhouette because it represents how her family looks down upon her in the story. 

Crafting Process for Fanny Price Silhouette, Photo taken by Anthony Herrera, 2023. I used an application named Silouette Stuido in order to take a silhouette inspired by Fanny Price and hollow it out or outline it to create the eventual finished product. At the instruction or suggestion of the worker in the Idea Lab, I shrunk the silhouette and then placed it in the left corner to obtain the desired outcome after my computer was connected to the silhouette machine in the lab. Initially, the machine was not properly aligning the cardstock with the board, so I had to continously move the silhoeuette around in the computer application for things to work out.Eventually, the silhouette made its way out of the machine and was ready for use. 

Crafting Process for Fanny Price Silhouette, Photo taken by Anthony Herrera, 2023. The dark silhouette image is in the same studio application, but prior to the hollowing out or outlining of the silhouette. The dark silhouette is the initial image I found online before dragging it into the studio application. 

Crafting Process for Fanny Price Silhouette, Photo taken by Catherine Golden, 2023. In the photo, I am cutting out the cardstock in order to have my physical silhouette image. I then used glue to attach the picture to the light blue background on the oval wooden frame. 

C.E. Brock, "Fanny Sewing," for Mansfield Park (1814) by Jane Austen, published by J. M. Dent & Co., London 1908. This illustration by C. E. Brock portrays the character of Fanny Price sewing while sitting down in a chair. The illustration perfectly captures Fanny's delicate nature as a character, and it has the essence of my decisions behind creating my silhouette. Fanny's signature hairstyle is also displayed in the illustration, which is evident in the silhouette on the wooden oval frame. Fanny's true nature inside, when understood, can be seen through the picture as well, as Fanny is actually intelligent and aware of her surroundings, yet she gets weighed down by her external nature. Many calm and sweet words are used throughout the novel to describe Fanny, which are apparent through the way others see her, captured in this illustration of her sewing and seeming as if she is just a quiet mouse, while her true nature and skillset are incubated within deep thought. 

Patricia Rozema, Mansfield Park, 1999. The poster for the 1999 movie version of Mansfield Park depicts Frances O'Connor as Fanny Price with her signature hair in a bun look, with a glimmer of hope in her eyes while she is holding a golden key. Frances O'Connor looks timid as Fanny Price in the image, which dominates the poster and thus advertisement, furthering the evidence of her quiet nature and non confrontational attitude. 




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  • Anthony Herrera

Image Date: 

14 Nov 2023