Christopher Robin from "Winnie the Pooh"


Ernest Howard Shepard ( British, 1879 - 1976 )

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General Description

Winnie the Pooh is as beloved today as it was when it was first published in 1926 by the novelist and playwright Alan Alexander Milne. Two years earlier, Ernest Howard Shepard was commissioned to illustrate the children’s story. He worked closely with Milne at the author’s country retreat in Ashdown Forest, England, bringing Milne’s characters to life through simple linear illustrations like these. A short quote from the first publication accompanied this drawing; Christopher Robin dries Eeyore’s tail with a handkerchief above the caption “I’ll dry it for you.” Before his work on Winnie the Pooh, Howard was a successful illustrator working for book publications and for Punch, a British weekly humor magazine. His delightful and spirited drawings remained an indispensable source of joy for late 20th-century readers.

Adapted from

Nicole Myers, DMA label copy, 2018.

Fun Facts

  • A.A. Milne was inspired to create Winnie the Pooh after a bear named Winnipeg, also known as "Winnie," who was purchased by a member of the Canadian cavalry regiment and subsequently left with the London Zoo. Milne's son, Christopher Robin, was a big fan of Winnie's and renamed his teddy bear "Winnie the Pooh" after visiting her.

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