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Lionel Edwards

Lionel Edwards is probably the best known sporting artist of the 20th century. Like Cecil Aldin, he studied with W Frank Calderon. The first drawings he sold, of the Chillingham wild cattle, were bought by Country Life, who published much of his work over the decades. Lionel Edwards was both a prolific author and illustrator, who illustrated many children’s pony books as well as two versions of Black Beauty. The first, for Peter Lunn, was a much less sumptuous affair than his later work for Ward Lock. The Lunn has just the one colour plate, whereas the Ward Lock has 24. As far as I am aware, the Ward Lock drawings were a completely different set from the Peter Lunn.


Peter Lunn, London, 1946, oblong 4to. Abridged? 96 pp.

Brown cloth, Colour frontis, 15 full page b/w plates, numerous text illustrations


Ward Lock, London, 1954. 223 pp.

8to. 24 colour plates