I meant to post this tiny tree and friends earlier, but this month has truly been a whirlwind. I planned to have these originals in Ann Arbor this weekend, but the good people of Leland got to them first! I will try to draw more this week!
In a week that saw EH Shepherd's original watercolour for the map of Hundred Acre (aka Akre) Wood fetch squllions, here are two modest works by him.
They are pen and ink illustrations from Lady Winifred Fortescue's bestselling book Perfume from Provence, written in 1935. Fortescue was a remarkable woman who made a fist of everything she turned her hand to. She married the King's Librarian despite a 28 year age difference, and after a stint on the stage she became a successful interior decorator and also dress designer. Illness forced her to forsake this work and she then wrote for Punch and the Evening News, inaugurating and editing a woman's page for the Morning Post. The Fortescues moved to Provence in the 1930s where she wrote her first book; forced out by the German invasion she returned after the war, dying in Opio, Provence.
EH Shepherd (1879-1976) was an English artist and book illustrator, known primarily for illustrating AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh books and also Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows.
The first is called Decorating St Therese 16.5x15cms. The second - swipe - is entitled About the Mountain Stream and Eat Their Dejeuner 16x16cms.