Jonathan Wolstenholme

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Jonathan Wolstenholme (born 1950) is a British artist and illustrator.

Early life[edit]

Wolstenholme was born in 1950, and was educated at Purley Grammar School, before graduating from Croydon Art College, which he attended from 1969 to 1972.[1]


Wolstenholme has been a freelance illustrator for many years, working for leading advertising agencies, publishers and a huge number of magazines.[1][2]

He has had several one-man shows in London, and has exhibited at the Singer and Friedlander Exhibition several times, and also at the Discerning Eye Competition at the Mall Galleries, winning the main £3,000 ING Purchase Prize in 2002.[3] In 1997, an exhibition of Wolstenholme's work was shown in New York City at the "Works on Paper" fair.[1]

Wolstenholme is known for his amazingly detailed works deriving from a love of old books and of the paraphernalia associated with a bygone age whose hallmarks were finely skilled labour and exquisite craftsmanship in the production of all manner of objects.[1]

In 2017, his work has sold at Christie's auction house, as part of The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire,[4] which The Daily Telegraph described as "the best collection" of sporting art "that will ever come on to the market".[5]

Illustrated works[edit]

  • An Old Fashioned Christmas by Iris Grender (Hutchinson, 1979) ISBN 978-0091360405[6]
  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Haffmann, 2011)[1]
  • Alice in Wonderland (Haffmann, 2012)[1]
  • Grimms Fairy Tales[1]

Personal life[edit]

Wolstenholme is married, with two children, and lives in London.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "ArtistDetail". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  2. ^ Mora, Elsa (24 October 2014). "Illustrations by Jonathan Wolstenholme". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  3. ^ "The Discerning Eye - 2002 exhibition - prizes and sponsor". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Jonathan Wolstenholme (b. 1950) , Still life with an open book on falconry and a pot of quills". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  5. ^ Davidson, Lauren (11 December 2017). "The Astor family is auctioning off 'the best collection' of sporting art 'that will ever come on to the market'". Retrieved 23 December 2018 – via
  6. ^ "Jonathan Wolstenholme". Retrieved 23 December 2018.

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