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In pictures: Norman Thelwell's classic cartoons
Norman Thelwell cartoon. All illustrations copyright The Estate of Norman Thelwell.  Reproduced by permission of Momentum Licensing
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Norman Thelwell, who died on Sunday, gave up teaching design and illustration to become a full-time cartoonist at the age of 33.
Norman Thelwell cartoon. All illustrations copyright The Estate of Norman Thelwell.  Reproduced by permission of Momentum Licensing
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His first pony cartoon, in 1953, lead to a lifetime of association with a little girl and her fat, hairy pony.
Norman Thelwell cartoon. All illustrations copyright The Estate of Norman Thelwell.  Reproduced by permission of Momentum Licensing
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Drawing came naturally to Norman Thelwell: "With drawing, the answer was always there in front of you - you only had to look," he reportedly said.
Norman Thelwell cartoon. All illustrations copyright The Estate of Norman Thelwell.  Reproduced by permission of Momentum Licensing
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He grew up in Birkenhead, taking frequent holidays in North Wales. His love of the countryside inspired many of his drawings.
Norman Thelwell cartoon. All illustrations copyright The Estate of Norman Thelwell.  Reproduced by permission of Momentum Licensing
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The artist forged a 25-year relationship with the magazine Punch, taking a humorous look on the British at work and play.
Norman Thelwell cartoon. All illustrations copyright The Estate of Norman Thelwell.  Reproduced by permission of Momentum Licensing
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The artist's 32 books have sold more than two million copies in the UK and are translated into languages as diverse as Finnish and Japanese.





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