The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon

September 12, 2019 - Comment

Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world’s most beloved characters in children’s literature. But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A., Milne and E.

Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world’s most beloved characters in children’s literature. But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A., Milne and E. H Shepard; author and illustrator wove images and text together in a way that was utterly original for the time. For Shepard, it was a process that he relished, creating artwork for new editions right up until his death in 1976 at the age of ninety-six.

In this beautifully presented, full-colour volume, readers will not only discover the story behind this remarkable partnership, but also follow the evolution of Shepard’s work, from those first tentative sketches through to the illustrations we know and love, and even on to the characters’ later incarnations at Disney.

Presenting over 150 full colour images – including never-before-published sketches, finished artwork, personal family photographs and memorabilia – this is the perfect gift for those of us who grew up loving the books.

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Anonymous says:

Charming Beautifully produced. Who could have believed that Shepard and Milne having survived the WW1 Battle of the Somme could produce such beautiful work? Would be a great (Xmas) present for any one brought up on Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and friends.

Anonymous says:

Great book The book itself is fantastic, illustrations look great on screen I cannot fault this particular book. I actually prefer the original sketches to the published ones (which I do love) and was so pleased to find that more sketches than I already have in another book are now available to have.

Anonymous says:

I liked this book as Winnie the Pooh is my favourite … I liked this book as Winnie the Pooh is my favourite book ever (I’m a children’s writer & illustrator). However considering the extensive archives the author frequently refers to, and the family connection, I expected more illustrations. I’m disappointed, this book is not comprehensive enough.

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