• A rarity for Mr Crabtree fans

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    Two sheets of original artwork for the story of Mr Mudd the farmer, painted by Bernard Venables, come up for auction next week. The unframed water colour sheets, by the writer and illustrator of Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing, are both signed and measure 290mm x 420mm. Bernard was an illustrator by trade and produced many other works apart from his famed Crabtree creation, though this is the first I’ve hear of Mr Mudd. I’d love to hear more from readers who can tell us more about this  farmer, who reveals Bernard’s ecological interests in these strips, where he learns about land-use grants, pesticides, hedgerows and symbiotic eco-systems. They are estimated at £80-£120, which seems very cheap for a unique piece of Venables memorabilia. Details here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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