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Calling all Thelwell fans!

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Do you remember the Norman Thelwell books?   As a pony loving girl and a horse loving adult, I still chuckle as I read his Riding Academy.  

The great news is that there is an exhibition of Norman Thelwell's work at the National Trust property Mottisfont from 16 January to 10 April 2016, 11am to 5pm.  The exhibition is from the private family archives of one of Britain’s most popular cartoonists, Norman Thelwell.

It features over 70 original artworks and it includes many that have never been on show before.  

Thelwell's famous cartoons were first created in the 1950s.  Although he is probably most famous for his wonderful cartoons of Penelope and her mischievous pony Kipper, he also produced numerous other satirical cartoons, with observations on country life, from gardening and fishing to the upkeep of heritage properties.  

It also includes images of Mottisfont itself, Romsey Abbey, and the landscape and villages of the Test Valley.  

Admission to the exhibition is free, but normal property prices apply.  Click here to visit the National Trust for information on the exhibition. 

Click to see the range of Thelwell books from Amazon

from £12.65 Thelwell's Riding Academy from Amazon