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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

V&A, London

9 Dec 2017 - 8 Apr 2018

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. The exhibition will explore Milne’s storytelling including his wonderful and humorous use of language. It will also look at how Shepard produced enduring illustrations, combining expressive line with white space and an understated humour matching that of Milne. Spanning more than 90 years of history of the popular British bear, the exhibition delves into the archives of the V&A, The Walt Disney Company, Egmont Publishing, The Shepard Trust and The University of Surrey. Items of international significance will be on show, including original illustrations, manuscripts, proofs and early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion. Find out more about the Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition from the V&A’s website.

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Teddy Bear manufactured by Margarete Steiff, ca. 1906-1910. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Teddy Bear manufactured by Margarete Steiff, ca. 1906-1910. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne and Pooh Bear, 1926, photograph by Howard Coster. © National Portrait Gallery

A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne and Pooh Bear, 1926, photograph by Howard Coster. © National Portrait Gallery

Line block print, hand coloured by E.H. Shepard, 1970. © Egmont, reproduced with permission from the Shepard Trust

Line block print, hand coloured by E.H. Shepard, 1970. © Egmont, reproduced with permission from the Shepard Trust

Christopher Robin ceramic tea-set presented to Princess Elizabeth, hand-painted, Ashtead Pottery, 1928. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Christopher Robin ceramic tea-set presented to Princess Elizabeth, hand-painted, Ashtead Pottery, 1928. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

'Bump, bump, bump', Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, (1926), E. H. Shephard. © The Shepard Trust, reproduced with permission from Curtis Brown

‘Bump, bump, bump’, Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, (1926), E. H. Shephard. © The Shepard Trust, reproduced with permission from Curtis Brown

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