• Children's Books, Original Ill auction at Christies

    Sale 5950

    Children's Books, Original Illustrations and Vintage Film Posters

    10 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 54

    Harry Rountree (1878-1950)

    'The Dormouse and the Doctor'

    Price Realised  


    Harry Rountree (1878-1950)
    'The Dormouse and the Doctor'
    signed 'Harry/Rountree.' (lower right) and inscribed with poem
    pen and black ink
    14¼ x 11 in. (36.2 x 28 cm.)

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    The Dormouse and The Doctor was written by A.A. Milne and published in his much loved 1924 collection of poetry When We Were Very Young. It was originally illustrated by Milne's regular illustrator Ernest Howard Shepard. Here, Harry Rountree takes the second half of the poem and incorporates his own charming drawings which depict, in a departure from Shepard's more literal images, both characters as mice in human clothing, heightening the comedy of the poem.

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