'Winnie the Pooh and Tigger'
E. H. Shepard
Pencil on paper
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Character Study
Ernest Howard Shepard (1876-1979)

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.

Black pencil on paper
Paper size: 15 ½ x 10 ½ in.
Image size: 10 x 5 ½ in.

Illustrationcupboard Gallery is delighted to present a previously unseen character study of Winnie The Pooh and Tigger, by E H Shepard. An early sketch inspired by ‘Growler’, the original teddy bear that belonged to AA Milne's son Christopher Robin, it was given to the artist’s grand-daughter Mary Knox. The drawing remained in the artist’s family until 1980, when it passed by private sale to Anne Becher-Hancock, with whom they were acquainted through a mutual friend Geraldine Fitzgerald, the actress. The drawing remained with the Becher-Hancock family becoming a treasured family heirloom to three generations, and now passes by inheritance prompting the sad decision to offer this much-loved artwork for sale.

Not only is this early Pooh drawing fresh to the market, it is unusual and special for being a large and bold work. Many Pooh drawings, produced for the published books, are of a smaller scale as befits the nature of illustration artwork. However this working study show the character of Pooh and the ever-lively Tigger bursting with energy. It is a wonderful, simple yet eye-catching study showing the early development of these two now much-loved and world-famous picture-book characters, with an unusual very personal family history behind it.

The work is sold with full documented provenance.
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