Pauline Baynes illustrates C. S. Lewis

Pauline Baynes illustrates C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis; illustr. Pauline Baynes

1951

England

Printed Book

The books of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis are inextricably linked with the artwork of Pauline Baynes (1922–2008). Her drawings reinterpreting marginal images from the medieval Luttrell Psalter brought her to Tolkien’s attention, and she illustrated his story Farmer Giles of Ham. She went on to provide illustrations for numerous of Tolkien's books, alongside many other projects, including nearly 600 illustrations for Grant Uden’s A Dictionary of Chivalry (1968). She used her experience of map-making during the Second World War to create maps of Middle-earth and of Narnia. Baynes later recalled writing in her diary: ‘Met C S Lewis. Went home. Made rock cakes.’ She had a much less warm relationship with Lewis than with Tolkien, but her Narnia illustrations are an iconic part of the books’ success, as with this cover image from Prince Caspian.

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