SHEPARD, ERNEST H. Colored drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, in an autograph letter signed by Shepard.
Dated February 29th, 1932, ten lines in black ink in Shepard's hand, on his Long Meadow/Longdown Road/Guildford notepaper, text artfully placed around the drawing, which is rendered in black ink and watercolor wash over graphite. The letter 6 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (16.5 x 12.5 cm), the drawing itself occupying approximately 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (7 x 4.5 cm). The letter laid to card, lightly toned, minor abrasion to corners, very slight smear to the ink of the drawing (apparently by the artist).
The letter reads, in its entirety "My Dear Curtis Brown/Many thanks for your letter./I think you have done/splendidly. This view/is shared/by others/ (as you see)/colored./Yours very sincerely/Ernest H. Shepard/Feb. 29th 32." The drawing is unusual in that it is colored; the Pooh drawings done for the book are, of course, uncolored, and Shepard rarely drew Pooh outside the context of the books. Curtis Brown was Shepard and Milne's literary agent. Provenance: Sotheby's, December 15, 2011 (English Literature, History, Children's Books) lot 153.
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