Images & Agatha Christie

Mary Evans Picture Library: www.maryevans.com represent a larger portion of my collection. Publishers and TV companies have proved regular users and Mary Evans have made a success of the collection.• Highlights of Image usage:

  • Ancestry.co.uk, have renewed their usage of my images for their media and website campaign, agents: Mary Evans Picture Library. New material is gradually added to my collection, with the support of wider suppliers.
  • Penguin Classics Publishers: credit for cover design Vile Bodies (illustrated right) by Evelyn Waugh © Vanessa Wagstaff/Mary Evans Picture Library •
  • The Times Newspaper 2007, obituary of Carla Thorneycroft.
  • 2005 Consultant and supplier of scans and images for Harper Collins publishers of the dust-jacket designs of Agatha Christie; British first editions 1926–1976, for facsimile publications of her novels.  Agatha Christie, A Reader’s Companion, Aurum Press, 224 images.
  • research for productions: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; 1930s• Lord Edgware Dies, Carnival films, 1930s • Murder in Mesopotamia; 1930s • Evil Under the Sun. •

The collection of images evolved from the considerable family archive of another era and lifestyle, whilst studying the genealogy.


Agatha Christie Book:

This book and design project was the culmination of a lifelong interest in the works of Agatha Christie, the next stage appeared to be to create a much needed book. On a minimal budget, this was no small task.

In an interview for the UCL magazine by Clare Bowerman, I recalled part of the experience: “The book didn’t have a big budget for hiring pictures, so I just thought I’d ask a local flying club to take me up and I’d get some aerial pictures myself,” says Vanessa, who sounds unperturbed by the whole experience. As an afterthought she adds: “There were safety issues, I suppose, and moving your head too much with the camera makes you pretty airsick, but it was an amazing experience.”

The result was certainly good and everyone was delighted with it, including Chorion plc, owners of Agatha Christie Ltd.

  • Reviews: Choice magazine: ‘This brilliantly illustrated book, full of period memorabilia, sets each of Agatha Christie’s novels into the context of the author’s life, her experience and her travels. It’s pure delight for Christie fans.’
  • Good Book Guide: ‘The authors have produced a highly entertaining guide to the Queen of Crime. The text is economical but on the nail and is matched with cherishable illustrations: vintage jackets and images of the lady herself.’
  • This England: ‘Wagstaff and Poole’s work has become a ‘must-have’ item for the Christie collector’.
  • Book and Magazine Collector. ‘This book is definitely one you will want to make space for in your library…this marvellously presented volume provides a fascinating insight into her work….the book is also a splendid celebration of the ‘civilised criminal world’ she created.
  • As a result I was asked to contribute to a documentary on Agatha Christie,There’s Something About Christiepresented by James Fox. 14 clips were used for the hour length programme. Click on the picture link right to Amazon.