Three New Thelwells

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In collaboration with the Thelwell family, I have issued three screenprints of Norman Thelwell’s pony cartoons.

They are “A good all-rounder”, “Bolting Pony” and “Bronco Pony”. I’ve now produced all three in my standard format, which is 26cms x 19cms and for sale on my website for £40 unframed, £70 framed.

We have chosen these images because they are characteristic of the way that Thelwell drew the often bad-tempered and badly behaved ponies and the chubby little girls astride them.

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. I will soon issue some screenprints of these, too.

As ever, they are all handmade by me and my team in my west-London studio on mould-made, cotton paper. They are all signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by me, John Patrick Reynolds

© The Thelwell Estate 2016

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