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    PAULINE BAYNES: ILLUSTRATIONS FOR CHILDREN S BOOKS The British artist and illustrator Pauline Baynes is the subject of the autumn exhibition at the Chapin
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      PAULINE BAYNES: ILLUSTRATIONS FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

      The British artist and illustrator Pauline Baynes is the subject of the
      autumn exhibition at the Chapin Library of Rare Books, Williams College,
      Williamstown, Massachusetts.

      "Pauline Baynes is not a household name," said guest exhibition curator
      Christina Scull. "But her work is well known and loved. Just mention that
      she illustrated the very popular Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, and most
      people instantly call her pictures to mind." However, Pauline Baynes has
      also illustrated dozens of other books, for other authors. "She has made
      many hundreds of drawings, in a remarkable range of styles, for a wide
      variety of books and magazines during a long career," said Ms. Scull.

      The Chapin Library exhibition focuses on Pauline Baynes' illustrations for
      children's books produced over more than fifty years, from _Beauty and the
      Beast_ in 1942 to _A Book of Narnians_ in 1994. Her famous pictures for
      _Farmer Giles of Ham_ by J.R.R. Tolkien and the seven _Chronicles of
      Narnia_ by C.S. Lewis will be prominently displayed, together with less
      familiar books such as _A Treasury of French Tales_ by Henri Pourrat,
      _Medieval Tales_ by Jennifer Westwood, _The Enchanted Horse_ by Rosemary
      Harris, and the artist's own _Victoria and the Golden Bird_. Also on
      display will be _A Dictionary of Chivalry_ by Grant Uden, for which Pauline
      Baynes was awarded the distinguished Kate Greenaway Medal for excellence in
      illustration.

      "Pauline Baynes: Illustrations for Children's Books" has been organized by
      Christina Scull, former Librarian of Sir John Soane's Museum, London, and
      Wayne G. Hammond, Assistant Chapin Librarian. The exhibition will be on
      view in the Chapin Library through December 3, 1999.

      The Chapin Library is located on the second floor of Stetson Hall, north of
      Main Street on the Williams College campus. Adjacent parking is available
      behind Thompson Memorial Chapel. Williamstown is in the northwest corner of
      Massachusetts, three and a half hours west of Boston and one hour east of
      Albany, New York. The Library is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
      and 1:00-5:00 p.m., closed weekends. Admission is free. For more
      information, phone 413-597-2462 during library hours, fax 413-597-2929, or
      e-mail <Wayne.G.Hammond@...>.
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