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Thelwell’s bolting pony
£ 40.00 – £ 74.00
Thelwell’s “Bolting Pony” is one of the first three of the master cartoonist’s images I have made into screenprints.
I chose this image because it seems to be characteristic of the way that Thelwell drew bad-tempered and badly behaved ponies and the chubby little girls astride them – in this case she’s hanging on grimly (I love her glum expression).
Norman Thelwell is the unofficial chronicler of the British countryside. He is especially well known and loved for his drawings of little girls on pony-back and of members of the Pony Club, the international youth organization devoted to educating young people about horses and riding which operates in more than 30 countries.
According to his obituary in the Telegraph newspaper: “He created some of the most recognisable images in equine art with his cartoons of freckled girls being bounced along on their recalcitrant spherical ponies.”
Thelwell, who died in 2004, published his first collection, Angels On Horseback, in 1957 (so the sixtieth anniversary of that is just coming up). After that he published about 30 books and drew for publications such as the humourous magazine Punch and the Sunday Express.
He also produced thousands of drawings of dogs and cats, anglers and sailors, indeed pretty much every facet of British life and interests.
Now, in collaboration with Norman Thelwell’s son David who is himself an artist, I am working on a series of limited edition screenprints of Thelwell’s work.
Standard size: 26cms x 19cms
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© The Thelwell Estate 2016