Monday, August 11, 2008
Pauline Baynes, illustrator for the Chronicles of Narnia, passed away on August 1, 2008 at the age of 85. Her drawings for the Narnia books fit quite well with the series. Baynes was referred to Lewis by Tolkien, who liked the illustrations Baynes had done for Farmer Giles of Ham. She was in her late 20s when she began working on the Narnia drawings.
Baynes only met C.S. Lewis a couple of times. After the first meeting she wrote in her diary, "Met C.S. Lewis. Came home. Made rock cakes."
An article/obituary about Baynes is available here.