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Cover deja-vu

The picture on the left is the cover of the Penguin Classics version of Roxana: Or, the Fortunate Mistress, by Daniel Defoe. The second cover is that of Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor (one of my all-time favorite works of historical fiction). Essentially the same portrait, but a close-up. Stock images, much?


Sandra said…
I've seen this happen before. I read Sandor Marai's "Ember" and found the same cover on another novel (can't remember the title, sorry). The same thing happened with "Girl With a Pearl Earring"; I have another book with that cover. But these are famous paintings so I shouldn't really be surprised. May I ask what the painting is on those books? It should be credited on the book.
Katherine said…
According to the back cover of my copy of Forever Amber, the painting is by Peter Lely, of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portmouth. In this case, it make sense to have this image as a cover, since she was one of Charles's mistresses, and the novel is the story of another, fictional mistress of his).
Anonymous said…
Don't you know that if they don't show the faces we'll never know it's the same woman? Especially if they make her headless! Oops, sorry my snark is showing. (Headless women make me grumble.)
Anonymous said…
I always get kind of freaked out by pictures that hack women into bits.
Alea said…
I love when these are discovered! I've actually got an ongoing feature, Lookalikes. Here's my latest!

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