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Archive of James Cawthorn


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The archive comprises:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Artwork
  3. Scripts and outlines
  4. Papers relating to conventions and exhibitions
  5. Objects
  6. Miscellaneous papers


  • Creation: 1912-2021, n.d.


2.96 Linear metres (55 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 6767/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 6767/1-52; JL1094-1096

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6767, 7074, 15895, 21328


James Cawthorn (1929-2008) was an illustrator, critic and author.

Biographical / Historical

James 'Jim' Cawthorn (1929-2008) was an illustrator, critic and author whose work appeared in numerous publications including Look and Learn, New Worlds and Speed & Power. He is probably best known for his collaborations with Michael Moorcock, which included providing cover illustrations for Stormbringer (1965), The Jewel in the Skull (1973), The Mad God's Amulet (1973), The Sword of the Dawn (1973) and The Runestaff (1974). He also worked with Moorcock on the screenplay for the film The Land that Time Forgot (1975) and on the book Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (1988). Cawthorn's own graphic novels include The Jewel in the Skull (1978) and The Crystal and the Amulet (1986), both adaptations of stories by Moorcock.

Further biographical information about James Cawthorn can be found in James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art by Maureen Bell (2018).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Maureen Bell, 2012, 2019 and 2021.


  • Bell, Maureen Cawthorn James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art (Jayde Design, 2018)
  • Cawthorn, James & Michael Moorcock The Jewel in the Skull (Savoy Books for Big O Publishing Ltd., 1978)
  • Cawthorn, James The Stormbringer Sessions: Sketches for a Graphic Novel (Jayde Designs, 2021)
Catalogue of the archive of James Cawthorn
Marion Lowman
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom