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Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

PAN Fans Club - Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

(William) Francis Marshall (1901 to 1980)

Francis Marshall studied at Slade College of Fine Art, London before entering the world of advertising illustration. In 1928 he began a 10-year relationship with Condé Nast, drawing for ‘Vogue’ In 1959 he wrote a successful book on drawing entitled ‘Magazine Illustration’ plus many other, a selection of which are shown below.

He also painted numerous covers for romantic fiction especially the Barbara Cartland titles for PAN. He also produced Cartland covers for Bantam, Corgi and NEL amongst others. I have compiled a list of list of Cartland fiction titles published by PAN and make it 129 a few of which are illustrated HERE I’m wondering if I have the will power and the stamina to try and find them all!

As I mentioned last week all the Barbara Cartland titles appear to be being reissued as part of the ‘Eternal’ collection (previously published) or the ‘Pink’ collection (unpublished) and are reusing artwork from other publishers from around the 70’s . The two examples below are both using Francis Marshall artwork from PAN. ‘The Horizons of Love’ has now become ‘A Golden Lie’

Nearly missed my favourite book sale of the year in Lichfield last Friday. I thought it was cancelled as couldn’t find it advertised but they have changed it from June to August. Thanks to an eagle eyed friend who just happened to be walking past the hall last week and saw a poster. I seem to have ended up with a very eclectic mix (my wife added a few) but to fill a bag for a couple of pounds is too good to miss.

I bought the James Herriot title ‘Vet in Harness’ as I spent the day in London yesterday visiting the cover artist George Sharp and wanted some of his work to take to be signed. More on this in a couple of weeks.

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  • Malvika Jaswal says:

    I am looking for the original illustrations of the cover design of the James Herriot omnibus by I believe George Sharp. Can you help? He doesn’t even have a website!!

    August 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Dear Malvika, I think it was Brian Sanders not George Sharp that did the omnibus editions and the original art work is in the James Herriot Museum, Thirsk,. I’m emailing you directly with more information. Cheers, Tim

      August 19, 2014 at 9:49 am
  • Rhonda W. says:

    I found your website searching for FM. Check mine for photos of his artwork on Cartland covers. The earliest dates begin with Marshall’s covers. Most are the US copies but I have a few Pan books because I found he actually illustrated 2 different covers for the same title on the earlier Cartlands!

    Before the internet, it was hard to find the UK ones, but I have managed to do so. I believe my blog is as complete a listing of Cartland’s work, but also a great reference of Marshall’s Cartland illustrations.

    April 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Rhonda, Nice to hear from you again. I’ve sent a couple of links via an email. Cheers, Tim

      April 9, 2018 at 7:55 am
    • Mhairi says:

      Can you help. Found original rough draft for love is contraband by Francis Marshall. This one has slightly different composition to final much is it worth?

      September 21, 2019 at 11:36 pm
      • tikitnet says:

        Hi Rhonda, I’ve sent you an email. Cheers, Tim

        September 28, 2019 at 5:54 am

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