Anne Bullen studied art at the Academie Julien in Paris and Chelsea School of Art, illustrated more than forty children’s pony books, between 1936 and 1963, by writers such as Joanna Canna, The Pullein-Thompson sisters, Monica Edwards and Violet Needham as well as publishing her own books, “Darkie”, “Ponycraft” and “Showing Ponies” still cherished today.
In a few flowing lines, she depicts the essence of the English pony, and the delight that so many riders can associate with as a child.
In the way of a committed artist, she continually recorded the world around her, from her own family, shire horses working the fields, firefighting in the blitz to the 1953 Coronation.
The collection includes fascinating World War 1 and 2 drawings, reflecting her experience of our war torn nation. A stark yet beautiful contrast to the scenes of children at play with their ponies.
Anne Bullen has won her place in equestrian history. Together with her husband Lt. Col. Jack Bullen she founded the famous Catherston Stud, ran sought after Riding Courses at Catherston Manor and with her family produced pony displays at the top horse shows and in aid of charity across the country.