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Pooh outside Owl's house

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1926 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shepard, Ernest Howard, born 1879 - died 1976 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Norah Shepard

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 169

Physical description

Illustration for the Winnie the Pooh books.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1926 (made)


Shepard, Ernest Howard, born 1879 - died 1976 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing


Height: 53.5 cm mount, Width: 38 cm mount, Height: 35.3 cm sheet, Width: 22.8 cm sheet irregularly cut

Descriptive line

[Pooh outside Owl's house], Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 4, p. 47, pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

E.521 to E.792-1973 are a catalogue of folios containing 271 sheets of sketches for illustration by Ernest Howard Shepard. These are comprised of the following titles, written by A. A. Milne, published by Methuen and illustrated by the artist.
When We Were Very Young
Now We are Six
The House at Pooh Corner

They were initially lent by the artist to the museum for the travelling exhibition 'Winnie-the-Pooh' in 1969-70 and were afterwards given to the museum by Mrs Norah Shepard on behalf of her husband. Also included in the gift were 25 proofs of illustrations, 9 letters and 4 manuscripts by the artist, A. A. Milne, and others. At the same time Mrs Shepard gave a further 9 sheets of illustrations to works by A. A. Milne (E.833 to E.841-1973) and 87 sheets of topographical and other drawings from sketchbooks by the artist (E.1826 to E.1912-1973).

Labels and date

Display 'Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration'; Gallery 102; June 2017 to the end of January 2018

Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976)

Preliminary sketch for 'Eeyore Loses a Tail' from 'Winnie-the-Pooh' by A. A. Milne


Winnie-the-Pooh is paying a visit to Owl's house which is set in an ancient beech tree at the edge of Milne's 'Hundred Acre Wood'. This tree, with its 'elbow on the ground', was Christopher Robin's favourite because he could walk up and along the branch. The tree is no longer there, having been felled during the Second World War.


Given by Mrs Norah Shepard

Museum no. E.554-1973 [2017]


Paper; Pencil




Drawings; Illustration; Children & Childhood; Toys & Games


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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