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Drawing - A map of the Hundred-Acre Wood
  • A map of the Hundred-Acre Wood
    Shepard, Ernest Howard, born 1879 - died 1976
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A map of the Hundred-Acre Wood

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1926 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Norah Shepard, on behalf of her husband, E. H. Shepard

  • Museum number:

    E.688-1973

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This drawing was reproduced as the end-papers to Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, first published by Methuen in 1926. By using the device of a map or bird's-eye view, it shows each of the characters in their own home or locality in the Hundred Acre Wood, where the story is set. The V&A has 86 sheets of illustrations for the book, including this.

Physical description

A drawing showing a map like aerial view of the 'Hundred-Acre Wood' with all the characters from Winnie-the-Pooh represented in their homes or localities.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1926 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 22.7 cm paper, Width: 25.6 cm paper

Object history note

Given by Mrs Norah Shepard, on behalf of her husband, E.H. Shepard

Historical context note

Featured in Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, Gallery 38, 9 December 2017-8 April 2018.

Descriptive line

Sketch for the end-paper of Winnie-the-Pooh, showing a map of the Hundred-Acre Wood, pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard, 1926

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
Winnie-the-Pooh
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

Milne and Shepard collaborated to develop this map of the ‘100 Aker Wood’, which Milne and Shepard collaborated to develop this map of the ‘100 Aker Wood’, which marks the key places in the world of Christopher Robin, Pooh and their friends. It was important to Milne that Shepard base his illustrations on real places. In a letter dictated to his wife, Daphne, Milne sent Shepard a plan of the natural features of Ashdown Forest. He also suggested that Shepard include the characters in front of their houses. [09/12/2017 - 08/04/2018]
This drawing was reproduced as the endpapers to Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, first published in 1926. By using the device of a map or bird's-eye view, it clarifies the fictional world described in the stories by showing each of the characters in their own home in the Hundred Acre Wood. [2007]

Materials

Pencil; Paper

Subjects depicted

Map; Wood

Categories

Illustration; Children & Childhood; Books

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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