Inside the Magic of Winnie-the-Pooh

Seira Wilson on February 26, 2018

3DCover_225Wjpg.jpgThe House at Pooh Corner and its successors have been part of the fabric of childhood stories for decades. Many of us are already familiar with the origin of Christopher Robin and A.A. Milne's stories, but Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, is an extraordinary compilation of sketches, correspondence, and manuscripts that put all the pieces together in a new way. 

Milne and Shepard made magic when they created their popular bear and his adventures, and in the handful of images from the book below, you get a glimpse of how that collaboration worked. Together their narrative style and imagination brought us some of the most beloved children's books and characters of our time. The final image below, from page 96 in the book, is the inscription Milne wrote in Shepard's copy of Winnie-the-Pooh; the depth of friendship it conveys almost made me cry the first time I read it...

*All images: © The Shepard Trust. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Quotes: © Trustees of the Pooh Properties

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The format of Winnie-the-Pooh Exploring a Classic is as varied and delightful as the bear and his friends--here's an example featuring sketches with detailed commentary about them and how they fit into the overall image of the characters and the story.


We are Introduced

For Winnie-the-Pooh, ch. 1, p.19
E.H. Shepard
Pencil, 1926
Given by Mrs. Norah Shepard


Christopher Robin's Pooh Bear (as he began life)...Eeyore...the original Piglet drawn from life

E.H. Shepard
Pencil, dated 1924 and 1926
V&A: E.729-1973
Given by Mrs. Norah Shepard


100 Aker Wood

For the endpapers of Winnie-the-Pooh
Pencil, 1926
V&A: E.688-1973
Given by Mrs. Norah Shepard

Alan says that the enclosed plan for the map has everything in its right place and fits in with all the stories. Of course put in as much as you like and show other bits of wood here and there; also draw the animals and C.R. outside each of their houses.

Letter from Daphne Milne to E.H. Shepard, written at Mallord Street, June 1925


We say goodbye

For Winnie-the-Pooh, ch. 10, p.157
E.H. Shepard
Pencil, 1926
V&A: E.605-1973
Given by Mrs. Norah Shepard


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