SHEPARD, ERNEST H. "So he sat down on the stone in the middle of the stream..."
Original drawing for A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner, 1928, published on page 55 of the book. Ink drawing with Chinese white corrections on Whatman illustration board; depicting Winnie-the-Pooh seated on a stepping-stone in a stream, looking at a dragonfly, signed in ink "E.H. Shepard" (ll), and captioned in pencil below the drawing as titled above (this partially obscured by traces of an old overmount); the verso annotated in Shepard's hand "Ernest H. Shepard/Shamley Green/Guildford." The illustration board approximately 9 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches (26.5 x 23.5 cm), the drawing itself occupying approximately 7 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (18.5 x 22 cm). The margin of the drawing has adhered portions of an overmount from a previous framing. The lower margin of the illustration shows the caption noted in pencil, together with printers notations. The drawing shows some minor light stain, and minute spotting in the area of the sky. The backing of the present frame has a mounted plaque, apparently from an earlier framing, of Ryman & Co., Ltd., Fine Art Dealers of 23 High Street Oxford.
Provenance: Sotheby's London November 30, 1989, lot 432; purchased by Justin G. Schiller Ltd. on behalf of Mary K. Young
This is Shepard's original drawing for this beloved illustration from The House at Pooh Corner, from Chapter IV "In which it is shown that Tiggers don't climb trees." It was likely prepared in late 1926 or the early part of 1927, as Shepard moved from Shamley Green to a new Long Meadow address that year, while the book was still in progress.
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C The Mary K. Young Collection
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