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Drawing - Sketch for the dust jacket of 'The Christopher Robin Story Book'
  • Sketch for the dust jacket of 'The Christopher Robin Story Book'
    Shepard, Ernest Howard, born 1879 - died 1976
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Sketch for the dust jacket of 'The Christopher Robin Story Book'

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, coloured pencil and ball-point pen drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Artist

  • Museum number:

    E.723-1973

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sketch in pencil, coloured pencil and ball-point pen for the dust jacket of 'The Christopher Robin Story Book' (Sibley No. 102). Signed and inscribed with notes. The design is derived from illustrations on pp. 174 and 177 of 'The House at Pooh Corner' (1928). A similar design was used for the cover of the paperback edition (1965 Sibley No. 24) of 'The House at Pooh Corner'.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1966 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, coloured pencil and ball-point pen drawing

Dimensions

Height: 22.7 cm paper, Width: 25.6 cm paper

Historical context note

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

Descriptive line

Colour sketch for the dust jacket of The Christopher Robin Story Book, by E. H. Shepard, 1966

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

In the decades following the original books, Shepard provided designs for new editions or compilations of them. These designs are for a re-issue of The Christopher Robin Story Book appearing in 1966.
Shepard progressed through a series of sketches. Annotations indicate the spine and position of the title. In the final design Shepard opened up the composition by removing trees and using opaque watercolours to flatten the colouring, making the cover more poster-like.

[This label applies to E.723-1973 and E.779-1973] [09/12/2017 - 08/04/2018]

Materials

Pencil; Pen; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Books; Illustration; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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