London, South Kensington
1 July 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN
Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976)
"So Winnie the Pooh pushed and pushed"; and "He started to shunt out of the hole"
the first inscribed 'So Winnie the Pooh pushed and pushed.' (centre); the second signed with initials 'EHS.' (lower left) and inscribed 'He started to climb out/of the hole' (centre); and both further inscribed with notes
pencil and black ink
6 x 7 in. (15.2 x 17.8 cm.)
(See back cover illustration)
a pair (2)
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A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh, published by Methuen, London, 1926, Chapter II - 'In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place', pp. 24 & 25.
Ernest Howard Shepard's illustrations of Edward Bear, known to the world as Winnie-the-Pooh are undoubtedly the most popular original illustrations of the 20th Century.
In this particular pair of drawings we see Pooh at his most characteristically endearing; indulging his insatiable appetite for honey. Drawn with but the minimum of pen strokes, the expectant and hopeful Pooh combined with the worried alertness of Rabbit beautifully capture the character of the animals. The larder shelves stocked with honey and condensed milk emphasis the seemingly impromptu and informality of the elevenses snack. Pooh's utterly charming expression of helplessness whilst subsequently wedged in Rabbit's front doorway cannot help induce even the most serious minded to smile with sincere affection.
These drawings from Milne's first book introduced the world to the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin and this timeless story has been unending in its grip on the imagination of generations of 'children'.
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