Last year was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta –  the great charter which established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Working with Herd Communications in the UK, I created a series of illustrations for use in children’s printed educational materials, the Salisbury Cathedral website and for a series of short animations used as learning resources to explain the history of the Magna Carta for Salisbury Cathedral. The Cathedral is home to one of only four remaining original 1215 copies of the Magna Carta.

Here are some of the scenes and characters I illustrated.


Surrounded by angry Barons and the Bishop, the not-very-nice King John seals the Magna Carta


Initial sketch for the scene of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede


King John was a brute and not particularly well like by his people. Here we see him in his court.


Initial sketch of King John’s Court.



Today’s UK parliament in session.


King Richard. He was a nice guy compared to King John.


How has the Magna Carta affected people in the community today? A sports star, a soldier, a police woman and a judge.

Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer, author and design teacher based in Ireland. She has been teaching design for over 14 years and helps people learn Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,Illustrator and graphic design skills to improve their job prospects and their business.

Latest posts by Jennifer Farley (see all)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This