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James Arnold (commercial artist)

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James Arnold (2 July 1909 – 7 September 1999) was an English commercial artist who developed a passion for the wagons that he saw on his cycling tours of the countryside in the pre- and post-War years. He set about producing painstakingly accurate measured drawings and watercolours of all the main regional types that he came across and these he included in a series of books beginning with The Joyous Wheel (1940) and including The Farm Waggons of England and Wales (1969).


Arnold was born in Southall, Middlesex on 2 July 1909.[1]

Never owning a car, he cycled all his life, claiming to have covered nearly half a million miles in his lifetime.[1] In November 1946 he became a founding member of the Birmingham-based Beacon Roads Cycling Club.[2] He often toured with fellow members of the Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC).[1]

In 1961 (1964?) he married fellow cyclist Jeanne (Jeane?) Boore.[1][3]

James Arnold died in Welland, Worcestershire, on 7 September 1999.[1]


  • The Joyous Wheel, Hamish Hamilton, 1940
  • The Countryman’s Workshop, Phoenix House, 1953
  • The Shell Book of Country Crafts, John Baker, 1968
  • The Farm Waggons of England and Wales, John Baker, 1969
  • All Made by Hand, John Baker, 1970
  • Farm Waggons and Carts, David & Charles, 1977
  • All Drawn by Horses, David & Charles, 1979

As illustrator:


  1. ^ a b c d e Viner, David (1999). "James Arnold (1909-1999)". Folk Life. 38 (1): 86–89. doi:10.1179/flk.1999.38.1.86.
  2. ^ "Club history". Beacon Roads Cycling Club. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Extracts from Rod Goodfellow's 1964 Club Diary". Beacon Roads Cycling Club. Archived from the original on 31 October 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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