Ernest Howard Shepard was introduced to Alan Alexander Milne, by the chairman of Milne's, publishers Methuen in 1923. The following year, Milne invited Shepard to undertake illustrations for 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'Now We Are Six'.
Throughout 1924 Shepard spent a great deal of time with the Milne family at their home in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Not only did Shepard observe A.A. Milne's young son Christopher Robin playing with his own son Graham, but he also drew the house and surrounding areas which were to become the scene of the adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, Tigger and Christopher Robin.
This illustration depicts Christopher Robin warming his hands at the fireside, an endearing image indicative of the innocence and charm synonymous with the enchanting books depicting the adventures of a young boy, Christopher Robin, and his friend Winnie the Pooh.