Women of Words Portraits – No. 1 Aphra Behn

To celebrate the women that have shaped literature over history, I have begun working on a Women of Words Portrait series, where I want to create ten portraits that incorporate the very medium that they worked in.

First up is Aphra Behn (circa 1640-1689) who was one of the first English women to earn a living with her writing, while her novel, Oroonoko (1688) is considered one of the earliest examples of the novel form in English literature.

I based this picture off a portrait of Aphra Behn by George Scharf (1873).