Few storybook characters have enjoyed popularity as enduring as that of Winnie-the-Pooh, the beloved bear, and his cohort of friends from Hundred Acre Woods. A.A. Milne’s adorable characters, brought to life through the illustrations of E.H, Shepard, became essential figures of children’s literature in the early 20th century and continue to be celebrated today.
Indeed, those in London can enjoy a special exhibition that celebrates the legacy of Winnie-the-Pooh in an engaging all-ages presentation. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” (Victoria & Albert Museum, on view until 8 April 2018) showcases the backstory and the evolution of the cuddly characters through an enticing collection of drawings and cartoons alongside photographs and letters exchanged by author and illustrator as they collaborated.
Those farther afield can join in the celebration with a copy of The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh, a beautiful new volume and fitting companion to the Victoria & Albert exhibition. Co-authored by Minette Shepard, E.H.’s great-granddaughter, and her husband, James Campbell, The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh relays the story of Milne’s and Shepard’s collaboration and creative process through a plethora of images, many of which have never been previously published. Order your copy on Musebooks today.