Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love was #4 in the Bantam series and was published in March 1974. The UK edition was published by Arrow.

Francis Marshall created 2 very different cover illustrations for this book, yet both are very beautiful and you can tell that it is the same couple in each. Note the similarities in the heroine's green dress, jewelry, and hairstyle. The Arrow edition has the couple standing near a desk while the Bantam has them at a piano.

The plot is that the heroine, Lady Marisa, is masquerading as a governess in the household of the Duke of Milverly in order to write an expose of the evils and corruption of Edwardian Society. During her time, she comes to care for the duke's daughter and love the duke. Read what happens when her cover is blown! Edwardian society covered the years of 1901-1910: the reign of Edward VII. The style of the heroine's dress would be closer to the 1901 date, by 1910 the styles were quite different (think Gibson Girl).

Francis Marshall wrote a few art books in the 1940's and 1950's. London West and Fashion Drawing are 2 of the most popular.

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