Letter: Jacob's ladder

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Sir: I was pleased to see Betty Swanwick's album cover for Selling England By The Pound chosen in the "Great Covers" series by Robert Webb (22 March).

Mr Webb says he can't see the biblical significance of the image. I had the pleasure of being Ms Swanwick's tenant shortly after this cover was produced and she explained to me that the picture was in fact "Jacob's ladder". While Jacob sleeps and dreams, figures ascend and descend the ladder suggested behind him. The lawn mower was apparently added to the picture on request by Genesis who had, Ms Swanwick told me, "got a new instrument that sounds like a lawn mower" and wanted it included.

Mark Bunyan

e-mail: bunycrai@atlas.co.uk