Englands best known, unknown artist

10 Apr 2012


This man, so rough in appearance, with hands like hams, was an artist, producing the most delicate wistfull pen and ink drawings to a standard that has seldom been equalled

The Golden Valley

Frank Peterson, “Englands best known, unknown artist” is a very recent discovery for me. Through his published work in periodicals such as Cycling magazine he captured the romance of cycle touring in the UK with pen and ink. His first work for Cycling was in 1893, but I tracked down some copies from 1937-39 which as some excellent examples of his work. The majority have the running theme of picturesque landscape, with the bike that bought him there in the foreground.

St Dogmaels

For more information, visit The Frank Peterson Society, and
The Ride Journal Issue 6 has a feature on Frank Peterson.

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