James Arnold (author & artist)

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James Arnold (1909–1999) 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).

Life[edit]

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 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]

Publications[edit]

  • 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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Viner, David (1999–2000). Brigden, Roy, ed. "James Arnold (1909-1999)". Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies. 38: 86–89. 
  2. ^ "Beacon Roads Cycling Club - Club History". Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Beacon Roads Cycling Club - Extracts from Rod Goodfellow's 1964 Club Diary". Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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