Thomas Ivester-Lloyd (1873-1942) was born in Liverpool. During the First World War,
he served with the Remount Service: in common with many other equine artists. He
was later commissioned into the Royal Artiller. From childhood he hunted, and he
became Master of the Sherington Foot Beagles. As well as his equine portraits, he
illustrated some books: the pony books he illustrated were all written by his son,
John Ivester-Lloyd. Thomas’ brother, Stanley Lloyd, was a more prolific illustrator
of the pony book: the brothers both illustrated John Ivester-Lloyd’s The People
of the Valley, which was published after Thomas Ivester-Lloyd’s death. There was
another member of this prolific family: Delphine Ratcliff, the daughter of John
Ivester-Lloyd. She wrote two pony books, as well as writing articles for the horsy
Carol Hewson, Thomas Ivester-Lloyd’s great grandaughter, said:
“It is said Tom Ivester Lloyd was as good an artist as Lionel Edwards. In fact at
an auction in Ascot many years ago I saw one of my Great Grand Father’s pictures
being sold as a Lionel Edwards. I pointed this out to the auctioneers, but they would
not believe me! It came back to auction a few months later under Jack Ivester Lloyd!
There was no mistaking his signature. Tom Ivester Lloyd wrote and illustrated a book
on Hounds, a Huchinson book. .. he says in the foreword, " I am handier with a pencil
or brush than a pen, and so my son has been roped in to help with the writing. I
will cheerfully allow him to take full responsibility for any literary "bloomers".
I note there is a small self portrait of himself on page 5.”
Finding the books: Hounds is reasonably easy to find. Joey is very common, and
The People of the Valley is reasonably easy to find. Adventure of Two Young Riders
can be tricky to track down, but is not usually expensive when it does turn up. Runaway
Mike can be pricey with its dustjacket, but is not hard to find without.
Thank you to Carol Hewson for giving me permission to use these images.
Links and sources:
Carol Hewson, great grand-daughter of Thomas Ivester-Lloyd, to whom many thanks!