Exhibition of Cartoons and Watercolours by Norman Thelwell

19th April 2014


St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington 3rd May – 14th June, 2014

Exhibition: 3 May - 14 June

Thelwell Country, a new art exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington running from Saturday 3rd May until Saturday 14th June will display over 70 original cartoons and watercolour landscapes by Norman Thelwell (3rd May 1923 – 7th February 2004).

One of Britain’s best known cartoonists, Thelwell rose to prominence in the 1950s with his humorous take on horse riding and particularly children’s ponies. Fishing, gardening, motoring, sailing, farming and stately homes all came under his sharp eyes. He was also a master of social comment and a keen observer of the foibles of the British at work and play.

  • His 32 books have been distributed worldwide and sold over two million copies in the UK, but perhaps less familiar is Thelwell’s work as a watercolour artist in the British landscape tradition.

  • Opening on what would have been his 91st birthday, Thelwell Country celebrates both aspects of his work. It will showcase his much-loved cartoons, but also the landscape paintings which he produced in his own time when not working on an almost continual list of commissions. The watercolour landscapes are a wonderful evocation of the English countryside particularly in the area around his Hampshire home near Romsey.

Saturday 3rd May – Saturday 14th June (closed Sundays)

Tickets to Thelwell Country and St Barbe Museum, which is open between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, cost £4 for adults, £3 for senior citizens and students, £2 for children aged five to 15, and £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children; under fives are admitted free of charge.

For more details visit www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk or telephone 01590 676969. Thelwell Country is supported by Rathbones.

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