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Monday, August 11, 2008

Pauline Baynes 1922 - 2008

My dear friend and colleague Pauline Baynes has died. I will miss her greatly. The above photo was taken outside her home, Rock Barn Cottage, with her beloved dogs Bertha and Lady in the background. Pauline's work is known to millions, as the premier illustrator of "The Narnia Chronicles" and of many of the shorter works of J R R Tolkien, "Farmer Giles of Ham", "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" and covers for "Lord of the Rings". I will be creating a permanent page for and about her on my website as I have many photographs, taken during the visits that my brother -in law made over the last eight years. She was working on her art until the day she died, and when I spoke to her three weeks ago she was telling me of her new project, illustrating Aesops fables. She also wanted write her own versions of these old tales. She was remarkable. I will be posting more here as time goes on about Pauline and her amazing career.


Blogger Shelley Gillespie said...

I am so sorry to hear of Pauline's death.

Her husband, Fritz, used to do some landscape gardening for my parents in Frensham back in yhe 70s, and he and Dad became friends. That is how I met Pauline.

I would go and see them both at their delightful Dockenfield cottage. Pauline always made me welcome and encouraged me to bring friends ... which I did! Her hospitality and generosity matched her talent. She brightened my life back then and thinking of her has the same effect now.

I am so sorry to have lost touch with her, but I will never forget her.

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