The Lewis Chessmen are among the best known objects in Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland. Originally made in the 12th Century, this Viking hoard of ninety-three carved ivory chess pieces were found some 700 years later in a sand-dune on the island of Lewis in 1831. The Museum commissioned Adam Stower to create designs based on these famous Chessmen, for a range of products including mugs, tea towels, bags and stationery. Adam Stower is represented by Arena
Adam Stower has illustrated Francesca Simon's new book, The Sleeping Army published by Faber & Faber.
A story about Freya, who lives in modern Britain with a twist: people still worship the old Viking gods. Stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, Freya is drawn to the Lewis Chessmen and Heimdall’s Horn. Unable to resist, she blows the horn waking four chess pieces from their enchantment. Summoned to Asgard, they are ordered on a perilous mission.
Here’s a selection of Adam's delightful interior illustrations as well as the hardback cover.
Adam Stower is represented by Arena