The Illustrators of Rosemary Sutcliff’s books | Charles Keeping, Alan Lee and more

The major illustrators of Rosemary Sutcliff‘s books were  Charles Keeping, Alan Lee, Victor Ambrus, C Walter Hodges, Richard Kennedy, and Emma Chichester Clark. The books they illustrated included: 

C Walter Hodges

The Queen Elizabeth Story (1950)
The Eagle of the Ninth (1954)
Simon (1953)
Chess-Dream in the Garden (1993)

Richard Kennedy

Outcast (1955)

Charles Keeping

The Silver Branch (1957)
The Lantern Bearers (1959)
Warrior Scarlet (1958)
Knight’s Fee (1960)
Beowulf: Dragonslayer (1961)
Dawn Wind (1961)
The Mark of the Horse Lord (1965)
The Capricorn Bracelet (1973)
Blood Feud (1976)

Victor Ambrus

The Hound of Ulster (1963)
The Changeling (1974)
A Little Dog Like You (1987)

Emma Chichester Clark

The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup (1993)

Alan Lee

Black Ships Before Troy (1993)
The Wanderings of Odysseus (1995)

4 thoughts on “The Illustrators of Rosemary Sutcliff’s books | Charles Keeping, Alan Lee and more

  1. Although I admire the edgy covers of reissued works like “Shield Ring”, “Mark of the Horse Lord” and “Frontier Wolf”, bound to appeal to modern teenagers, it is a shame to lose all those wonderful illustrations which accompanied the original editions. Perhaps the feeling is that they give the books a childish appearance.

    The Folio Society has gone against the trend by recently publishing editions of “The Eagle of the Ninth” and “The Silver Branch”, complete with fabulous illustrations by Roman Pisarev – some examples here:

    C Walter Hodges also illustrated two of Sutcliff’s books for younger readers; The Armourer’s House (1951) and Brother Dusty-Feet (1952). I have in front of me his frontispiece picture of the armourer’s actual house, an amazingly intricate piece of work, which unfortunately I probably can’t reproduce for copyright reasons..


    • Oops. You are correct of course. Thank you. I have altered the listing under Sutcliff Titles. I am for the moment leaving this post as it was so future readers can make sense of these comments.


    • Thank you so much for this comment. I shall adapt the information on this site accordingly – but please forgive me, the new day job means it will have to wait until the weekend! And the post you point to is indeed very interesting. I hope this comment of yours encourages more people to read it.


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