Pauline Baynes

J.R.R. Tolkien once explained that such was the quality of Pauline Baynes work, his text was reduced to “a commentary on the drawings.”  Over a career of some sixty years, aside from her deep association with the writings of both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Pauline worked on dozens of projects, including occasionally illustrating her own work and creating the globally-recognised cover to Richard Adams’ Watership Down.

Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien (Part 1) Illustrated by Pauline Baynes and published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. in 1949. Seen here are the cover, color illustration from page 2, title page, autographed by Pauline, and illustrations from pages 33 and 71. This was the first work by Tolkien that Pauline illustrated. Tolkien was delighted with work and famously said that her illustrations were "more than illustrations, they are a collateral theme". Images courtesy Collection of Ceccatelli-Gasch.
Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien (Part 2) Illustrated by Pauline Baynes and published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. in 1949. Seen here are the cover, color illustration from page 2, title page, autographed by Pauline, and illustrations from pages 33 and 71. This was the first work by Tolkien that Pauline illustrated. Tolkien was delighted with work and famously said that her illustrations were "more than illustrations, they are a collateral theme". Images courtesy Collection of Ceccatelli-Gasch.
Narnia Map
The Silver Chair
This is the 1975 UK Penguin second edition paperback cover of Watership Down by Richard Adams. It shows a cropped version (minus the sky and some background features) of Pauline's original cover art for the 1973 Puffin first edition. She also did two maps for the book. It was an international bestseller, and, aside from her work for C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien books, this cover was probably her most famous.