Pauline Baynes, Narnia Illustrator, Passes Away at 85

Cover by Pauline Baynes

Cover by Pauline Baynes has received word that Pauline Baynes, the beloved illustrator for Narnia and Middle Earth books alike has passed away at 85.

Wayne Hammond reports the death of Baynes at her home in Surrey. Pauline Baynes was the original illustrator of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series, as well as of Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham (1948), The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book (1962), and Smith of Wootton Major (1967).

Our thoughts and prayers here at NarniaWeb go out to the family.
Thanks to Rilian and Earthling for the heads up.

UPDATE: Brian Sibley has made an entry on his blog about Pauline Baynes’ passing. It’s well worth reading. Link via NarniaFans.

UPDATE: Pauline Bayne’s Official Obituary at The Guardian. Thanks to Rem for the tip.