The Custodians

This illustration by Geoff Taylor, was originally used on The Custodians, written by Richard Cowper,

Original Art

The Custodians


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The Custodians by Richard Cowper - art by Geoff Taylor


A monk with a crucifix around his neck, his hood is raised over his head. He stands in front of a rock face with a monastery built into the sides and the top of the mountain. A strange light or force field is being emitted from a room in the building.

Synopsis for Original Title

The Custodians tells of a visitor to a French monastery, and of one specially built tiny room which is constructed precisely on the intersection of mysterious force fields, so that anyone who enters is able to foresee the future. Paradise Beach is the story of a wall-screen whose image of the sea attunes itself to the individual perceptions of the onlooker. Piper at the Gates of Dawn is set towards the end of the next millennium when the stories about the coming of the mysterious white bird of kinship become associated with the travels of an old story-teller and his young nephew, whose pipe seems to have a magical quality. Finally, The Hertford Manuscript tells of the remarkable discovery of a seventeenth-century book with some pages purporting to be the journals of a nineteenth-century time traveller.




Gouache on Paper

Size approx.3
17x12 inches or 43x30 cm

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