The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

by James Campbell

Thursday 19th October 2017, 6.30-7.30 pm, Lecture Theatre M, University of Surrey

Ticket price: £5.00

(including wine and nibbles from 6.00 pm)

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from The Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world’s most beloved characters in children’s literature. But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A. Milne and E. H Shepard; author and illustrator wove images and text together in a way that was utterly original for the time. For Shepard, it was a process that he relished, creating artwork for new editions right up until his death in 1976 at the age of ninety-six.

James Campbell, Chair of The Shepard Trust, has authored a new book The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh – How E. H. Shepard illustrated an Icon. In this beautifully presented, full-colour volume, readers will not only discover the story behind this remarkable partnership, but also follow the evolution of Shepard’s work, from those first tentative sketches through to the illustrations we know and love, and even on to the characters’ later incarnations at Disney.

The book draws on a number of archive collections including those of The Shepard Trust and the University of Surrey. It includes never-before-published sketches for the Winnie-the-Pooh books (including the first ever drawing of Pooh Bear), finished artwork, personal family photographs and memorabilia and draws on unpublished manuscripts held in the archives.

Join author James Campbell for an intimate look at this incredibly talented yet humble man, hear the story of the unique collaboration between Shepard and Milne and see a glimpse of Shepard’s work in progress and many previously unseen images.

Following the illustrated talk and questions, there will then be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book for a special on-the-day price from the University campus bookshop Appleseed pop-up stall.

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