Did I mention that Brad (sweetheart that he is) bought me the UK Allison & Busby editions of Pink I-VII for Christmas? Therefore, the copy of Mistletoe that I have been reading this month looks like this:
There have been two American covers that are very similar:
|Dutton hardcover||NAL paperback|
But there was an early (and mercifully brief) idea of using this for the cover of Pink V:
No, no, and no. It’s not that I don’t like this painting. I do. I liked it VERY much when it was used for Pink II. But we can’t just go recycling Pink cover girls. That is not the done thing – I believe Turnip would say there was something jolly rum about it, and I am sure he would protest the idea of Arabella not being distinctive in her own way.
The painting that Dutton and NAL decided to use in the end is “Jeune fille au manchon et à la branche de houx” (or “Girl with the muff and holly branch”) by François Martin-Kavel.
If the model’s face looks a little familiar, it’s probably because Martin-Kavel is also the artist of “A Summer Rose” (the painting used for the final Pink II cover). He was a prolific painter of landscapes, still lifes, flowers, and portraits who was born in Paris in 1861. He was a Member and regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français, and he won a medal for his paintings in 1881.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of detail available about the painting – either its creation or its current whereabouts. The last I can tell, this painting was sold at an auction by Sotheby’s in 1993. No information is available about the buyer, so I have no idea if it was a private collector or not. It looks like the average price for one of his paintings at auction is about $12,000.
So, what do you think? Does this “Jeune fille” look like Arabella to you? Which cover is your favorite?