E H Shepard Cartoons

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Punch cartoons by E H Shepard (Ernest Howard Shepard).

Undoubtedly one of the greatest illustrators of all time, Shepard is synonymous with the visual creation in 1924 of 'Winnie the Pooh' for AA Milne's children's book of the same name.
However, Shepard started at Punch magazine two decades earlier as a jobbing cartoonist, drawing domestic scenes of anachronistic grandmothers and children wise before their time. His experiences at the frontline during the battles of the Great War marked a change in style and his cartoons from WW1, though not as numerous, form an important part of the collection.
Upon his return from war with a Military Cross, Shepard continued at Punch and was made a permanent member of the editorial staff in 1921. What followed was a prolific period in the interwar period, starting political cartoons in 1933 and being made chief Cartoonist in 1945. Although not fond of political cartooning his work during WW2 is as light as it is acerbic and contrasts with with the bolder, less humorous lines of Leslie Illingworth and Bernard Partridge. In total Shepard drew around 1,500 cartoons and illustrations for Punch in a career spanning 6 decades. Truly a giant in the world of illustration.
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