366O: Woman in a Purple Cloak

I am trying to find a book I had as a child in the 80s. I can neither remember the title nor the plot nor any characters. All I can remember is an image: a girl/woman in a purple cloak on the right hand side of the book. The purple cloak may have been a dress. It was close to fuschia. In the illustration it was snowing. The colors used were rich & deep. the cloak curved out to the right & the figure was walking to the left. I have found a few images that are very similar, which I am including below. I am fairly certain the artist was either Arthur Rackham or Warwick Goble. I hesitated over the first image, thinking it might have actually been what I remembered, & perhaps it is but the intensity of color faded over time?

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    1. abigail vines-lopez

      thanks so much for your response! it isn’t that one. i was thinking that i might be wrong about rackham/goble. what if it was a russian children’s book? it had the feeling of being russian, or romani. that means it may have been much later, actually 80s or not so long before.

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  1. Ginny

    Is it possibly The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye? The cover of Puffin edition from the early 80s has a girl in a light purple dress on the right hand side. There’s no snow but there is blossom on a low branch behind her. The illustrator is Faith Jaques but there a touch of Rackham’s style in the lines I think.

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    1. Ginny

      Actually, regarding my previous comment , the illustrator for the front cover was M.M. Kaye herself, Faith Jaques did the illustrations inside.

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      1. abigail vines-lopez

        not the one, sadly. i was also looking at mercer mayer’s east of the sun west of the moon, or another similarly illustrated.

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  2. Amanda

    There is an edition of George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind, illustrated by Harvey Dinnerstein, that has cover art elements similar to your first picture. If that’s not it, it may be worth looking at images from other editions, as the flowing figure of the wind’s hair is in many of them.

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    1. abigail vines-lopez

      also, not quite. the more i look at the image of little
      red riding hood the more i realize that what i’m looking for most resembles that in terms of color, hue.

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  3. abigail vines-lopez

    hi kathy. when i read your message the snow queen sounded familiar. i was able to find the complete text of the book you referenced on archive.org, but that isn’t the one. it did lead me to a bunch of anton pieck illustrations, & those look so much like the image i hold in my head.

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