Monday, January 08, 2018

Copycat Covers: Stranger Wings

A new entry in our series about remarkably look-alike book fronts.

In the Shadow of Gotham, by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur, 2009); and Unholy City, by Carrie Smith (Crooked Lane, 2017). Both book jackets employ, as their principal focus, the eight-foot bronze statue of an angel found atop the Bethesda Fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park. That sculpture—designed by Emma Stebbins, who is remembered as “the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City”—was unveiled in 1873.

Stebbins’ Angel of the Waters is shown above. “The base of the fountain,” explains Wikipedia, “was designed by the architect of all the original built features of Central Park, Calvert Vaux, with sculptural details, as usual, by Jacob Wrey Mould.”

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