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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic

Description

Original drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh will go on display at the V&A for the first time in nearly 40 years as part of the UK’s largest ever exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne and E.H Shepard. A multi-sensory, playful exhibition that will explore the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.

Revealing the real people, relationships and inspirations behind the charismatic bear, star of the most popular children’s book of all time, and a world representing friendship. 

Highlights include:

A.A. Milne’s, Winnie-the-Pooh manuscript and pages from the manuscript of The House at Pooh Corner from the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge.

E.H Shepard’s first Winne-the-Pooh character portraits, made by copying A.A Milne’s son Christopher’s real toys, and original sketches of the forest landscape.

A Christopher Robin nursery tea set presented to Princess Elizabeth in 1928, generously lent by her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection.

An extraordinary number of original pencil and pen and ink drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner including the best-known illustrations.

‘The bees are getting suspicious’, Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E.H. Shepard
©The Shepard Trust, reproduced with permission from Curtis Brown Group Ltd.

© Disney. Based on the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.