As an author, C.S. Lewis had always drawn
pictures for the stories he
wrote. So when The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was to be
published, he did consider illustrating it himself, but eventually
decided to use a professional artist. Pauline Baynes,
a young illustrator, had recently illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien's latest
book and Clive thought she might be just the person to cope with the
variety of creatures and people in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Although Clive had not given much thought to the way the illustrations
would look, he had envisaged something rather grand. It turned out that
Pauline was to draw hundreds of wonderfully detailed black-and-white
line drawings for the seven Chronicles of Narnia. In 1998 she added
colour to every one of the approximately 350 original drawings, and
these are the illustrations you see here today.
The relationship between Clive's stories and Pauline's illustrations
was so successful that, right from the beginning, the words and
pictures seemed to belong together. C.S. Lewis did send Pauline a
sketch of what a Dufflepud should look like, but his descriptions of
creatures and places were so detailed that she rarely had to refer to
him for advice. When Pauline asked him how to draw a Marsh-wiggle, he
replied, "Draw him however you like." She did, following Jack's
description in the story, and that's how he's looked ever since !