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Ernest Howard Shepard (1879 - 1976)

Lot 381: SHEPARD, E.H.

Sotheby's

December 16, 2004
London, United Kingdom

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Description

"Don't talk, anybody, don't come near!"

Condition Note: 111 by 214mm., ink drawing corrected with gouache, signed 'E.H. Shepard' in lower right corner, mounted, two stains professionally removed, browning below mount (not affecting image)

Notes

The head-piece illustration for 'Down By The Pond' from Now We Are Six showing Christopher Robin with fishing equipment and three ducks waddling away. The drawing is reproduced on page 58 of the published book.

I'm fishing.
Don't talk, anybody, don't come near!
Can't you see that the fish might hear?
He thinks I'm playing with a piece of string;
He thinks I'm another sort of funny sort of thing,
But he doesn't know I'm fishing -
He doesn't know I'm fishing.
That's what I'm doing -
Fishing.

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