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Shepard, E.H.
THE ORIGINAL MAP OF THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD
267 by 355mm. (sheet 380 by 449mm.), signed with initials "EHS" lower right, some browning below mount
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Provenance

The Sporting Gallery, 26 November – 21 December 1926, item 2; sold in these rooms, 5 February 1968, lot 196 (“The Property of H.H. The Prince of Pudukota”); sold in these rooms, 16 March 1970, lot 372

Catalogue Note

PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS MAP IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. THIS ILLUSTRATION HAS BEEN IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION FOR ALMOST FIVE DECADES.

Once Milne had created the literary landscape of the hundred acre wood and surrounding features, it was Shepard who firmly established the visual setting. With typical Shepard humour the map is supposed to be the work of Christopher Robin ("Drawn by me and Mr Shepard helpd") and includes a number of Christopher Robin’s own spellings ("piknicks", "raletions" and "rox").

The map was reproduced on the endpapers of Winnie-the-Pooh and, at least for Shepard, established a definite visual style. In 1931 when Shepard worked on The Wind in the Willows his first innovation was to introduce a map of the locality on the endpapers. Both maps, of course, pre-date those in Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Just as Shepard’s map is the means of entry to the book, it is also the first animated sequence in the Disney film (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1966).

Shepard produced at least two preliminary drawings for the map (one in the collection of the V&A Museum and an earlier sketch sold in these rooms, 17 December 2008). This, the original as used by the publishers, was sold by Shepard in his exhibition at The Sporting Gallery, 26 November – 21 December 1926. It was given the title, in the exhibition catalogue, as simply "Map of Pooh’s Country". Below the mount Shepard has added the caption "Winnie-the-Pooh. Map for end papers". The reverse of the board also notes "Map for End Papers".

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