"Pooh's Party," illustration for A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh (London: Methuen; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1926). Signed "EHS." Mounted and framed with the original "SG" (Sporting Gallery) label. 8.5 x 14.5cm (3 3/8 x 5 11/16in).
Provenance: Sporting Gallery, 1928.
Here Pooh and his pals gather to unwrap his present from Christopher Robin in Chapter Ten of Winnie-the-Pooh:
Nobody was listening [to Rabbit], for they were all saying "Open it, Pooh," "What is it, Pooh?" "I know what it is," "No, you don't" and other helpful remarks of this sort.
It turns out to be a Special Pencil Case, awarded to Pooh for his bravery in rescuing Owl.
Perhaps the most famous toys in all juvenile literature are these stuffed animals given to Christopher Robin Milne. The name Winnie comes from a black bear from Winnipeg, Canada that the boy saw in the London zoo. Shepard, however, modeled the character not on Christopher Robin's toy but on "Growler," his own son's teddy bear.
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