Village street with children playing, signed with monogram, pencil, 22.5 x 19.5cm (8 7/8 x 7 11/16in).
Born in St Johns Wood, London, in 1879 Shepard won a scholarship to the Royal Academy School. He started as a contributor to Punch in 1907 before landing a job as a staff political cartoonist in 1921 and working his way up to First Cartoonist by 1945. It was while at Punch in 1924 that he was asked to illustrate childrens verses written by AA Milne and Winnie the Pooh came to life. Shepard served during the First World War, rose to the rank of Major and was awarded the Military Cross. At this time he was a regular contributor to Punch, sending in jokes about the battles from the trenches. In addition to the AA Milne books he went on to illustrate classics such as Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, Tom Brown's Schooldays and David Copperfield - and contributed a weekly drawing to Punch until 1953. Shepard gave his personal collection of papers - including diaries, photographs and many original book and Punch illustrations - to the University of Surrey in 1972, the same year he was awarded the OBE. Most of his Winnie-The-Pooh illustrations are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He wrote two autobiographies Drawn From Memory (1957) and Drawn From Life (1962). He died in the 50th anniversary year of Winnie-the-Pooh, 1976, aged 96.