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Ernest Howard Shepard (1879 - 1976)

Lot 379: f - SHEPARD, E.H.

Sotheby's

December 16, 2004
London, United Kingdom

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Description

Feeling more snowy behind the ears than he had ever felt before

Condition Note: 128 by 160mm., ink drawing heightened and corrected with gouache, signed 'EH Shepard' in lower right corner, framed and glazed, some browning below mount

Notes

The drawing is annotated, in Shepard's hand, below the mount '"Feeling more snowy behind the ears than he had ever felt before" The House at Pooh Corner'.

This original illustration is reproduced on page 4 of The House at Pooh Corner (Methuen, 1928) and accompanies the first chapter in which a house is built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore:

The wind had dropped, and the snow, tired of rushing round in circles trying to catch itself up, now fluttered gently down until it found a place on which to rest, and sometimes the place was Pooh's nose and sometimes it wasn't, and in a little while Piglet was wearing a white muffler round his neck and feeling more snowy behind the ears than he had ever felt before.

The episode occurs between "a Good Hum" occuring to Pooh and a full performance for Piglet of an "Outdoor Hum for Snowy Weather":
The more it
SNOWS-tiddely-pom,
The more it
GOES-tiddely-pom
The more it
GOES-tiddely-pom
On
Snowing.

And nobody
KNOWS-tiddely-pom,
How cold my
TOES-tiddely-pom
How cold my
TOES-tiddely-pom
Are
Growing.

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