Norman Thelwell ~

“Having a WONDERFUL Time” by Norman Thelwell



Ponies, ponies, PONIES!!!


My Favorite cartoon artist is Norman Thelwell and his Thelwell ponies! So, for this Tuesday I will be doing him! And, for next Friday, I will be doing a post on my friend  who lives in the Shetland Islands and does amazing pony photography!


Here we go with the Thelwells~


Norman Thelwell~

3 May 1923 – 7 February 2004

Born: Birkenhead, Cheshire England   

Norman Thelwell, an English cartoon artist is best known for his hilarious cartoons of VERY FAT “Thelwell” Shetland ponies and their riders (usually falling off, getting bucked off, yelling, screaming or crying at there ponies!)  His earliest surviving drawing is a pencil self-portrait done at the age of 10. As a child, he loved to paint and draw- ‘with drawing, the answer was always there in front of you – you only had to look’.

Norman Thelwell signed up for the army in 1941, and was art editor of an army magazine in New Delhi India. Through the years of war which followed, both in Britain and in India, he always traveled with his sketchbooks. The first cartoon he ever had reproduced was an Indian subject for the London Opinion. In 1945, at Nottingham Art School evening classes, he met a student Rhona, whom he married in 1949.


Known to many only as Thelwell, he found his true comic niche with  Pony Club girls and their comic ponies, a subject for which he became best-known, and which led to a cartoon strip about such a pair, Penelope and Kipper. His first collection of cartoons, Angels on Horseback, was published in 1957. 


In total, Norman Thelwell has at least 22 comic books published ( mostly on Thelwells!), about 5 published books and one  autobiography~

Here is  the poster for James Herriot’s film, ‘All Creatures Great and Small’   that he did in 1975~

Photo: Thelwell poster for the 'All Creatures Great and Small' film, 1975


Here are some more photos of Norman Thelwells Hilarious “Thelwell” Cartoons!












Thelwell Stamps~


In 1979 the Post Office asked Thelwell to provide six horseracing designs for stamps.
They were the first ever cartoon stamps, but the PO lost their nerve and didn’t issue them – shame on them! They were used for a presentation pack instead. Wouldn’t it be cool if we had these to use now ?!


Thelwell Stamp



Thelwell Stamp


Another stamp



” Scared Pony” stamp! Haha!








And another……………


Photo: 'Perishing Horse of the Year Show!'  (News Chronicle October 1960)
Perishing Horse of the Year Show!


Photo: Consolation prize!
SOOO Funny!!





Photo: One for the horse riders....  'Not to be opened until Christmas'


Photo: Grip will improve with experience.











Photo: If you like cartoons, you may be interested to visit the Cartoon Art Trust museum in London.  They have some Thelwell cartoons in their collection.</p><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Photo: Don't be so mean, Georgina - let Christabel have a turn





Photo: Come along girls!  Playtime's over.




Funniest ever!











Hope you all enjoyed this funny Tuesday’s blog post and be sure to come back this Friday and see some spectacular pony photography ~


Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands !

One Comment Add yours

  1. Lisa Arini says:

    Love Norman Thelwell
    Art: I was in 3rd grade and with a talent for pastel drawing, I would color draw his work in my sketch book for days after school sitting at my mothers desk in our den on Detroit.
    My evenings were filled with sketching in pencil and charcole
    Love Norman Thelwell.


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