Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Similar Covers: Women in Black (Part 1)

Here are two more sets of covers that use the exact same image. The first two are I Am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto and Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis. (It was only in putting this post together that I realized these two books have a good reason for using the same cover image!) Both books use the painting Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) by John Singer Sargent on their cover.

The second lot is Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunée and Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me about Love, Sex, and Starting Over by Cathy Alter. It took me a while to realize both covers used the same image because the first one is so small; if you blow it up, you will see that the woman is holding her finger in exactly the same way on both covers.

Please let me know if you spot any other covers that feature women wearing black dresses on them because I have a couple more posts along these lines coming up!


  1. I have Trail of Crumbs and Up For Renewal and I never picked up on the fact that they use the same photo. You have a sharp eye!

  2. I have both books in the second lot and never caught the similarity either! Good catch!

  3. I love that this is Part 1. I love these posts.

  4. In the second set, I'm surprised at just how different they look. I can't say which I like better because they really did make them completely different!

  5. Kathy and Gwendolyn, it took me quite a while to notice both covers used the same pic!

    Jenners, yay, I'm glad to hear that! (Look out for part 3 this week.)

    J.T., I agree; the mood of those two covers is really different.