His first work of fiction, Skewbald, the New Forest Pony, (1923) was republished many times, and it's quite likely you'll have seen it in its later incarnations, with the sweetly domestic mare and foal scene on the front cover.
|A and C Black, 1940s reprint|
|A and C Black, 1923 1st edition|
Booksellers protested. Seaby said:
"Mothers and aunts (especially aunts), loth to put before their youthful charges such a bad example, had turned the book down, so I had to draw another illustration less inciting to evil."
|A and C Black, early edition|
Seaby would have no doubt been saddened by the new status of the New Forest pony: it has now been added to the Rare Breed Survival Trust's endangered list. It's listed as the least dreadful of the categories, Minority, meaning breeding mares are down to 1500-3000, but it's desperately sad that the New Forest, like nearly all other British native breeds, is now on the endangered list.
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More about the work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
For more on Allen Seaby, and illustrations of the covers of all his books, see his page on my website.