Tom Adams

The Magus (Paperback) - Limited edition print

Limited edition prints by Tom Adams, illustrator of the Agatha Christie book covers.
"Tom Adams is one of the very best cover artists of our time. His art is a blend of acute realism and haunting fantasy with a special genius for suiting image to story...." John Fowles

We are sad to announce that Tom Adams died in December 2019, at the age of 93.

In addition to the titles showing in this gallery, Collector's Edition prints are available of the following titles:

Death in the Clouds
Crooked House (black ballet shoe, pill bottle on nursery-rhyme b/g)
Murder at the Vicarage
Halloween Party (skull apple)
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

And a few of the remaining pencil-signed limited edition prints of the following titles are also available:

At Bertram's Hotel (woman's hand/ hotel b/g)
Mrs McGinty's Dead (close up fly on room interior b/g)
Three Act Tragedy (red wine glass + flower)
Miss Marple's Final Cases (rag doll, penny black stamp etc)
Sparkling Cyanide
Elephants Can Remember (small dog, wig on seashore b/g)
Halloween Party (skull apple)
Dead Man's Folly (girl guide, sailing yacht)
Caribbean Mystery (glass eye in sky, river scene)
By The Pricking of My Thumbs

Please email or telephone to order.

The Agatha Christie covers, painted by Tom Adams constitute probably the most famous examples of paperback art ever produced. First published in the sixties, seventies and eighties in the UK by Fontana and in the USA by Pocket Books, they have been reproduced throughout the world by many other publishers. There is also an iconic series of Raymond Chandler covers produced for Ballantine Books, New York.

Concurrently with this extraordinary achievement in the field of paperback publishing, Tom Adams was also producing some brilliant paintings for hardbacks, notably covers for John Fowles' The Collector, The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Also Patrick White's The Vivisector, David Storey's Saville (described by John Fowles as a "quite literal dream of a jacket"); Ghost Story by Peter Straub and a Daliesque cover for Kingsley Amis' (writing as Robert Markham) James Bond pastiche, Colonel Sun.

He won various awards for illustration notably from The American Society of Illustrators, The American Art Directors Association and The Design and Art Directors Association, UK.

Tom Adams' paintings are in private collections in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Liberia, Italy, Canada and USA. He has exhibited in group and one man shows in London, Marbella, Toronto, Tokyo, Dublin and Sydney. His UK exhibitions include The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, The Portal Gallery, The Fulham Gallery, The Calvert Gallery, ICA and RBA galleries - all in London. 




The Mysterious Mr. Quin - Limited edition print

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