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See a unique selection of work by Norman Thelwell (1923-2004), one of the most popular cartoonists to have worked in Britain since the Second World War.

Athough best known for his images of girls and their fat ponies, Thelwell's work is far more wide ranging than many realise. The countryside and environment were passions that informed his work throughout his life and his cartoons were a powerful way for him to comment on issues of the day.

The exhibition of original work has been lent by the family archive and although it includes a few of his renowned horse and pony pictures, it also embraces serious landscapes completed purely for pleasure, and drawn and painted cartoons with relevance to nature, the countryside, environment and the human impact upon them.

They reveal not just his skill as an artist, but also his mastery of sharp social comment and his awareness of then current and future threats. Many of his cartoons parody modern living and pressures on the environment. He used satire to convey serious messages about the need to preserve the natural world, touching on the EU, farming methods and other environmental issues, many of which still have poignancy today.

Nature in Art

Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 9PA

01452 731422


Opening times

Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm Open Bank Holidays Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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