Several years ago the Chapin Library received the bequest of paintings and drawings by the British illustrator Pauline Baynes.

Baynes is best associated with the works of C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien.

A personal reminiscence from writer/broadcaster Brian Sibley who was a friend for many years. On the relationship of author to illustrator, he writes

There are certain illustrators whose work is so intimately interwoven with the author’s text as to rank as the books’ co-creators. Sir John Tenniel, for example, the first illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and E H Shepard who, with A A Milne, led us into the world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Similarly, Pauline Baynes’ pictures of country and denizens in C S Lewis’ seven Chronicles of Narnia are still – despite the recent big-screen movie imagery – the definitive depiction of that extraordinary land beyond the wardrobe…

And from her obit in The Daily Telegraph (London)

In 1948, Tolkien demanded that ( Baynes) be set to work illustrating Farmer Giles of Ham, and was delighted with the subsequent results, declaring that Pauline Baynes had “reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings”. Further collaboration between Tolkien and his Farmer Giles illustrator followed, and a lifelong friendship developed… Later, when she showed him her artwork for a poster featuring Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, the author nodded approvingly and murmured quietly: “There they are, there they are.”

We are what we believe we are.
C. S. Lewis

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