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Working notebook of the illustrator, Pauline Baynes

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MS. 11805
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Hardback accounting notebook, with lined and ruled pages. Contains sketches and text for various book projects, together with loose research material including photographs and drawings from newspapers and magazines, colour swatches, paint samples and even a mosquito in an envelope.

Projects comprise:

  1. (fols. 1-98) illustrations for Psalm 8, [c.2005-2006], published as How excellent is thy name! Psalm 8 (Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton, Illinois, 2007)
  2. (fols. 99-135) text and illustrations for the unpublished story of Tobias, including (fols. 118-119) a card from David Henshall and (fols. 122-123) a card from Joy Backhouse, editor
  3. (fols. 136-143) ideas and sketches for other religious stories
  4. (fols. 143v-224r) 'Spider's First Day', text and illustrations for this unpublished story, with notes (fol. 224r) on the publishing process referring to Judith Escreet of Frances Lincoln and Kurt Berends, an American fan and advocate for Baynes' work in America
  5. (fols. 224v-266r, 332-333) 'The Poetry of the Koran', unpublished illustrations for a selection of surahs from the Koran
  6. (fols. 266v-330) 'Owl', illustrations for an unpublished children's story by Brian Sibley, about Osric the Owl, [2008], with a card (fol. 274) from Sibley relating to the text


  • Creation: [c.2005-2008]


368 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 11805

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11805


Working notebook of the illustrator, Pauline Baynes, [c.2005-2008]

Biographical / Historical

Pauline Diana Baynes (1922-2008) was educated at the Farnham School of Art and the Slade School of Art in Oxford. During the Second World War she worked at the Admiralty in Bath drawing naval charts and maps, and thereafter embarked on a successful career as a book illustrator. Her work was chosen by J.R.R. Tolkien to illustrate his short story, Farmer Giles of Ham, published in 1949, and shortly afterwards he recommended her to his friend, C.S. Lewis. She went on to illustrate all his Narnia stories and remained in demand as an illustrator throughout her career. For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Blackwell's Rare Books, 2015.

Working notebook of the illustrator, Pauline Baynes, [c.2005-2008]
Finding aid prepared by Catherine McIlwaine
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom