THE BEAR IN THERE

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Exhibition -

In 1981, the Tas­ma­nian Mu­seum and Art Gallery took a call about a pos­si­ble dona­tion. Would it be in­ter­ested in 29 orig­i­nal draw­ings by Bri­tish artist Ernest Howard Shep­ard, the il­lus­tra­tor who brought to life the char­ac­ters in Win­nie the Pooh and the The Wind in the Wil­lows? The gallery didn’t have to be asked twice. The works were do­nated by Frances Car­roll, Shep­ard’s Tas­ma­nian sis­ter-in­law, who had over decades col­lected the draw­ings re­ceived as gifts. The works are on dis­play at TMAG for the first time in 22 years in Win­nie-the-Pooh and Friends, an ex­hi­bi­tion of Shep­ard’s draw­ings. The English artist cre­ated the illustrations to com­ple­ment AA Milne’s clas­sic Pooh se­ries, which was first pub­lished in 1926. The ex­hi­bi­tion — much of it is hung at child’s height — in­cludes notes from the artist ex­plain­ing his hand­i­work. “This clock was in­vented and drawn by Ernest H. Shep­ard,” reads one draw­ing’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing scrawl, “for his friends Pooh and Piglet to en­cour­age them in habits of punc­tu­al­ity.” The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Au­gust 20. Are Six

Ernest H. Shep­ard sketches A Lit­tle Some­thing, an un­pub­lished sketch for The House at Pooh Cor­ner (c. 1928), top left; Hippy Happy Bthith­day, above; Teddy Bear, from AA Milne’s When We Were Very Young (1923-24), left

The friend, from AA Milne’s Now We (1924-27)

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