The Man Who Drew Winnie-the-Pooh


Ernest Howard Shepard (1932-37) was the renowned illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. At St Paul’s, High Master Fred W Walker had recognised Shepard’s artistic talent at an early stage and encouraged him to take a scholarship to the Royal Academy. 

Shepard left a large body of his work with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and some of his political cartoons, particularly those from between the wars, were made over to the University of Kent. Due to his connection with the county in which he had lived for over fifty years, he had earlier given the University of Surrey a substantial amount of what he then felt might be of interest, and the remainder was left to his estate. Only in the past few years has it come to light that a significant number of drawings, illustrations, cartoons and other items relating to the First World War still existed in these collections, and that together they told a fascinating personal story of Shepard’s war years through his informal sketches and preparatory drawings.  Shepard’s War by James Campbell, published by Michael O’Mara Books, is available at a special discounted price for OPs. The exhibition, E H Shepard: An Illustrator’s War is at the House of Illustration, London until January 2016. 

For our full piece on E H Shepard, click here.






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