I’ve produced six new screenprints based on the drawings of Norman Thelwell. They show the range of Thelwell’s interests, from one of his famous ponies (hugging its chubby little owner) to a dog (also hugging its master, but overpowering it in the process), a cat (asleep but happily plotting something), a race horse in front of a setting sun and two portraits of anglers, one kitted up for a serious assault on the enemy, the other peacefully whiling away a quiet afternoon on a river bank.
I selected them in collaboration with Norman’s son David, himself an artist, and they’re approved by him.
These screenprints are coloured in a different palette from my usual vibrant primary reds, yellows and blues; they’re in more subtle shades and pastels which I hope are in tune with the country themes.
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.”
But he also produced thousands of drawings of dogs and cats, anglers and sailors, indeed pretty much every facet of British country life and interests.
Thelwell, who died in 2004, published his first collection, Angels On Horseback, in 1957. After that he published about 30 books and drew for publications such as the humorous magazine Punch and the Sunday Express.
Standard size: 26cms x 19cms
Medium size: 48cms x 38cms – not yet available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one.
Large size: 76cms x 56cms – not yet available. Contact email@example.com if you want one.
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Officially approved by the Thelwell family.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© The Thelwell Estate 2016