Sweet Rocket sometimes receives letters (alright, comments) that just beg for a broader audience. One @honoriachubb sent this in:
Hi.Every time I look on your blog,I’m captivated by the frontispiece image,of the girl with a gun,and the man in a mask,what is it from,and who was the illustrator.thanks
Oh @honoriachubb! I’m so glad you asked!
That header image is pulled from the cover of Barbara Cartland’s The Outrageous Lady. Here’s the full cover image:
The artist is Francis Marshall. As far as I can tell, Marshall illustrated most of Barbara Cartland’s covers from the 1960s-1980s. Here are a few more for your enjoyment:
Now, true confession time: I’ve never been able to finish a Barbara Cartland novel. Ever. But I adore these covers.