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    Ernest H. "Kip" Shepard. Archive of Letters to Pauline Baynes. Various places, 1956-1969. A superb collection of letters, dating from March 29, 1956 to November 28, 1969. Consists of 41 autograph letters signed, two postcards signed, and a variety of related items, including a photograph of Shepard, a photocopy of one letter, and numerous newspaper clippings of Shepard's obituaries. All of Shepard's letters are written from his home in Lodsworth, West Sussex and are signed "Kip". Some letters also include illustrations done by Shepard.

    Pauline Baynes (1922-2008) was a fellow children's book illustrator, whom Shepard met after the war. Though Shepard initially acted as a mentor to the younger Pauline, the two remained close friends over the years and exchanged letters up until Shepard's death in 1976. The following is a sampling of the content found in the archive:

    March 29, 1956: "I do hope your drawings are going better than are mine. I think a thing looks right when I knock off in the evening & then, the next morning, it looks horrible and I want to begin all over again. I suppose one would never get done if this sort of thing were carried too far, but oh it is all difficult, isn't it..." [Two pages, 5.25" x 7"].

    February 7, 1957: "...I would like to have shown you the drawings, anyhow some of them, but Methuen are so anxious to get on with it, that I had to let them have the lot. I have all the pencil roughs, which I can show you when we get an opportunity that means, I fear, when petrol gets more plentiful. There are 116 drawings also a few of my drawings done in pencil, when I was 7 or 8, that have survived and which they want to reproduce. I must say they are jolly good...I want to hear about you and those 100 B+W drawings for the Arabian Nights. Are they done yet and are you less tired?..." [Four pages, 5.25" x 7"].

    June 15, 1957: "I am slogging away at the Childs Reader book, numbered 5 & called Briar Rose. The stories like the last one, which has first been published, are taken from all sources including the 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Dick Whittington', 'Rumplestiltskin' and one or two charming ones from the German or Spanish also, strangely enough, David and Goliath..." [Three pages, 5.25" x 7"].

    May 19, 1958: "It is funny you should have sent me your pupils drawing with a tulip in front, for a tulip bulb is a feature in the strip I am trying to work out for Punch, for Badgers are partial to bulbs and Brock the badger is a leading character. They are quite enthusiastic about it at Punch and now the difficult part will be to keep the story going along, with new adventures. A boy, an ordinary every day boy not like C. Robin, goes ahead with Brock..." [Two pages, 5.25" x 7"].

    January 17, 1959: "...I go to London on Tuesday to broadcast in the afternoon. It is 'How I came to draw Pooh & others' at 5.25 in childrens' hour, in case you care to listen. I have to rehearse beforehand. I wrote the script so shall be able to read from that, but I do feel rather nervous, so wish me luck..." [One page, 5.25" x 7"].

    July 2, 1959: "...It is rather a nuisance for Scribners have sent back my design for the colour jacket for 'Wind in the Willows' as it is quite the wrong size. It was their fault as they gave me the size of the book & never said that the thing was to be a panel with their own type of lettering above. However, I hope I may do a better one, now that I know I have till mid September..." [Four pages, 5.25" x 7"].

    July 24, 1965: "...I wish so much I could give you some of my optimism. You u must /u have more confidence, darling, you must. You are much better than you think you are..." [Two pages, 5.25" x 7"].

    With a large black and white portrait of Shepard, measuring 8" x 10.25", copyright Gwen Morgan. Showing a relaxed Shepard leaning on a metal fence in front of a city flat, possibly in London. Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976) was an English artist, best known for his illustrations in Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. Before and during WWI, he was a cartoonist for Punch magazine, a position he held until 1953. Shepard met A.A. Milne in 1923, and was initially hired to illustrate a book of poems When We Were Very Young before being commissioned to illustrate Winne-the-Pooh.

    Condition: All with flattened mail folds. Varying degrees of light toning and minor soiling. Minor corner wear to the black and white photograph of Shepard. Moderate toning to the newspaper clippings, with uneven edges. From the Pat McInally Collection of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin


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