The "Anne Boleyn"
This is how I think it happened. A designer got a book cover assignment, for another book about the wife of Henry VIII. The story is well known, and so is the historic painting of the queen which the designer received for use on the cover. What to do? The designer desperately tried to immerse himself into the subject. As he tried to find a different angle, he stared into the portrait and asked, “What would Henry VIII do to you? My dear, he would chop your head off.”

And so the trend was born.

Images courtesy of the collection of Mirko Ilic.
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