Peter Edwards times two

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Sometimes it pays to have an unusual name… Ritual is a 1967 novel by David Pinner which has been claimed on many occasions to be the original source for the story which Anthony Shaffer wrote as The Wicker Man. An illustrator named Peter Edwards was responsible for the cover graphic and possibly the hand-drawn type as well. Searching for more of his work turned up this elegant cover for an Everyman title (at this rather tasty illustration blog) but little else.

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Metatron’s Cube.

There is, however, a younger Peter Edwards who also happens to be an illustrator with a website here and an example of his work above. Are the two related, perhaps? In addition to this pair there’s a third Peter Edwards who paints portraits. Pity the poor artist trying to carve a niche for his or herself among a host of similarly-named contemporaries.

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The book covers archive
The illustrators archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
The music of The Wicker Man

5 thoughts on “Peter Edwards times two”

  1. Haha just stumbled across this blog and was thinking the very same thing! Should I work under a different name? Octavius Eyelash? Anonymous Bosh? Curse my commonplace moniker. Thanks for the kind comments Evan. Spread the word.

  2. Peter Edwards no.1 created the covers for the Heinemann hardback first editions of Graham Greene’s novels. He also illustrated a number of the Rev. Awdry’s railway books (aka Thomas the Tank Engine series). His wife Gunvor also illustrated ‘Stepney the Bluebell Engine’. One of their daughters, Martina Weatherby, is also an artist.

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