Collecting StrandEH Shepard
TitleE H Shepard Archive
Date19th century-2023
Extent10.1 linear metres
Name of CreatorShepard; Ernest Howard (1879-1976); Illustrator
DescriptionThe core of the archive constitutes the material that remained with E H Shepard following his donation of drawings and sketches to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Cartoon Archive: personal, business, and fan correspondence; personal and family papers; personal ephemera; copies of books he wrote or illustrated; appointment diaries; sketchbooks; photographs; pencil, ink, and watercolour drawings; oil paintings; manuscript material; press cuttings, sales catalogues, and magazines.

In addition, material accumulated by the University of Surrey relating to E H Shepard has been catalogued as part of this collection. This accumulated material includes later editions of works illustrated or written by Shepard; books and reference material about Shepard; some photographs of locations specific to Shepard's life; and artwork by Shepard donated by third parties.

A small amount of this material is uncatalogued. If you require further information about this material, please email
ArrangementAt the time of cataloguing in 2008 no original order could be identified and therefore an arrangement was imposed taking as a starting point transparency of information and ease of use for researchers. The collection was divided into series based on document type and a letter code assigned:
A: Personal papers, objects, and ephemera
B: Books
C: Correspondence
D: Diaries
E: Sketchbooks
F: Photographs
G: Artwork
GR: Reproduction Artwork
H: Manuscripts
I: Other items

Each series was further sub-divided into sub-series and files as appropriate: Generally, manuscripts and artwork based on the work they were for, personal papers based on what aspect of Shepard's life they deal with, and correspondence by correspondent and date.
Administrative HistoryErnest Howard Shepard was an illustrator known for his illustrations for the satirical magazine 'Punch', the original illustrations for the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A A Milne, and the original illustrations for 'The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame. In addition he illustrated a variety of books for adults and children and also wrote and illustrated his own books, 'Ben and Brock' and 'Betsy and Joe', as well as writing two memoirs, 'Drawn from Life' and 'Drawn from Memory'. He also served as an officer in France, Belgium and Italy during the First World War, and as volunteer in the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Related MaterialTwo related collections are held by Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey:
- the Egmont UK Ltd 'Winnie-the-Pooh' and 'The Wind in the Willows' Collection, which comprises hand-coloured illustrations by E H Shepard from Winnie-the-Pooh and 'Wind in the Willows' [collection reference: EGM];
- The Shepard Trust collection, which includes E H Shepard's artwork from the First World War [collection reference: ST].

In addition, Shepard's works are represented in the following collections held by other repositories:
- drawings and cartoons created by Shepard for 'Punch' are held by the British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent, Canterbury;
- sketches and drawings by Shepard relating to Winnie-the-Pooh are held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (donated 1969);
- drawings and paintings by Shepard relating to the First World War are held by the Imperial War Museum, London (donated by Norah Carroll Shepard, 1976);
- a small numbers of drawings, letters, etc, are held at: the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS; The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX; the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT; and Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Other items were painted by Shepard on commission or sold during his lifetime and are in (generally unidentified) private hands.
CopyrightUnless otherwise noted, copyright in this material is vested in the Estate of E. H. Shepard and/or the Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Copyright in correspondence to Shepard would be vested in the author or his/her heirs or successors. All requests for use, publication, or reproduction must be approved by the Estate via its literary agent at Curtis Brown Ltd; contact details are available on request. Please note that use of images of Winnie-the-Pooh may be subject to IPR approval from the Walt Disney Corporation -- contact the Estate's literary agent for further details
Custodial HistoryThe collection was donated to the University of Surrey by E H Shepard and Norah Carroll Shepard in 1974. Norah Carroll Shepard bequeathed additional items at the time of her death. Dr. Patricia Dark catalogued the collection during the period January 2008- July 2009.

Additional material, including copies of books by E H Shepard and reference works, has been collected by the University of Surrey from a variety of sources, including publishing companies and individual private donors.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/11157Shepard; Ernest Howard (1879-1976); Illustrator1879-1976
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