E. H. Shepard
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|Ernest Howard Shepard|
10 December 1879|
St John's Wood, London
|Died||24 March 1976(aged 96)|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||OBE, Military Cross|
|Other work||Artist and book illustrator|
Ernest Howard Shepard OBE, MC (10 December 1879 – 24 March 1976) was an English artist and book illustrator. He was known especially for his human-like animals in illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
Shepard was born in St John's Wood, London. Having shown some promise in drawing at St Paul's School, Shepard enrolled in Heatherleys School of Fine Art in Chelsea. Having spent a productive year there, Shepard won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools  where he would meet Florence Eleanor Chaplin who would become his first wife. By 1906 Shepard had become a successful illustrator, having produced work for illustrated editions of Aesop's Fables, David Copperfield, and Tom Brown's Schooldays, as well as an illustration for Punch.
In 1915, Shepard received a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery, an arm of the Royal Artillery. By 1916 Shepard started working for the Intelligence Department sketching the combat area within the view of his battery position. In 1917 whilst commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and acting as Captain, he was awarded the Military Cross for his service at the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I. His citation read:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
As forward Observation Officer he continued to observe and send back valuable information, in spite of heavy shell and machine gun fire. His courage and coolness were conspicuous.
Throughout the war he had been contributing to Punch. He was hired as a regular staff cartoonist in 1921 and became lead cartoonist in 1945 but was removed from this post by Malcolm Muggeridge, who became editor in 1953.
Shepard was recommended to Milne by another Punch staffer, E. V. Lucas in 1923. Initially, Milne thought Shepard's style was not what he wanted, but used him to illustrate his book of poems When We Were Very Young. Happy with the results, Milne insisted Shepard illustrate Winnie-the-Pooh. Realising his illustrator's contribution to the book's success, Milne arranged for Shepard to receive a share of his royalties. Milne also inscribed a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh with the following personal verse:
When I am gone,
Let Shepard decorate my tomb,Will welcome me to Heaven.
And put (if there is room)
Two pictures on the stone:
Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,
And Pooh and Piglet walking (157)…
And Peter, thinking that they are my own,
Eventually, Shepard grew to resent "that silly old bear" and felt that these illustrations overshadowed his other work.
Shepard modelled Pooh not on the toy owned by Christopher Robin, Milne's son, but on "Growler", a stuffed bear owned by his own son. (Growler no longer exists, having been given to his granddaughter Minnie Hunt and subsequently destroyed by a neighbour's dog.) His Pooh work is so famous that 300 of his preliminary sketches were exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1969, when he was 90 years old.
An E.H. Shepard painting of Winnie the Pooh is the only known oil painting of the famous teddy bear. It was purchased at an auction for $285,000 in London late in 2000. The painting is displayed at the Pavilion Gallery in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Shepard wrote two autobiographies: Drawn from Memory (1957) and Drawn From Life (1962).
- 1924 – When We Were Very Young
- 1925 – Playtime and Company, Holly Tree
- 1926 – Winnie The Pooh, Everybody's Pepys
- 1927 – Jeremy, Little One's Log, Let's Pretend, Now We Are Six, Fun and Fantasy
- 1928 – The House at Pooh Corner, The Golden Age
- 1930 – Everybody's Boswell, Dream Days
- 1931 – The Wind in the Willows, Christmas Poems, Bevis, Mother Goose
- 1932 – Sycamore Square
- 1933 – Everybody's Lamb, The Cricket in the Cage
- 1934 – Victoria Regina
- 1935 – Perfume from Provence
- 1936 – The Modern Struwwelpeter
- 1937 – Golden Sovereign, Chaeddar Gorge, As the Bee Sucks, Extra Perfume from Provence
- 1939 – The Reluctant Dragon
- 1941 – Gracious Majesty
- 1948 – Golden Age, Dream Days, Bertie's Escapade
- 1949 – York
- 1950 – Drover's Tale
- 1951 – Enter David Garrick
- 1953 – Silver Curlew
- 1954 – Cuckoo Clock, Susan, Bill and the Wolf-dog
- 1955 – Glass Slipper, Operation Wild Goose, Crystal Mountain, Frogmorton, The Brownies
- 1955 – Mary in the Country
- 1956 – The Islanders, The Pancake
- 1956 – Royal Reflections
- 1957 – Drawn from Memory, Briar Rose
- 1958 – Old Greek Fairy Tales
- 1959 – Tom Brown's School Days
- 1960 – Noble Company
- 1961 – Drawn from Life, Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
- 1965 – Ben and Brock
- 1969 – The Wind in the Willows (colour re-illustration), The Pooh Cookbook (cover)
- 1970 – Winnie the Pooh (colour re-illustration), The House at Pooh Corner (colour re-illustration)
- 1971 – The Pooh Party Book (cover)
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. pp. 27–31. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. p. 33. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. p. 37. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. p. 51. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. p. 69. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- The London Gazette: . 18 July 1917. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- E.H. Shepard | Winnie the Pooh
- Icons: The Man Who Drew Pooh
- The Man Who Hated Pooh
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. p. 92. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
- "The E.H. Shepard Archive at the University of Surrey".
- The London Gazette: . 3 June 1972. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "More homes with literary credentials". Daily Telegraph.
- Millie Arnet, Michelle Frisque, Beth Kean, Elizabeth T. Mahoney. "Resource Guide – Ernest Howard Shepard". The Elizabeth Nesbitt Room Illustrators Project. University of Pittsburgh ULS. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
- Chandler, Arthur R. (2000). E.H. Shepard, The Man Who Drew Pooh. Winkinswood Farm, West Sussex, UK: Jaydem Books. pp. 172–174. ISBN 1-903368-02-2.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ernest Howard Shepard.|
- Biography of E. H. Shepard at classicpooh.net
- "The man who hated Pooh", Tim Benson, BBC News, 6 March 2006.
- »The Man who drew Pooh«: Obituary for Ernest Howard Shepard