This exhibition will reveal the story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard and the factors contributing to the phenomenal success and enduring popularity of Winnie-the-Pooh. Designed for both children and adults, visitors will be led on a multi-sensory journey to rediscover these classic books such as discovering language as a child, and inspiring creativity with drawing. Highlights include the real-life personalities and relationships that created Pooh, including Christopher Robin’s make-believe with his toys and the collaboration between to the genius of Milne as author and Shepard as talented illustrator. The exhibition will look at the development of Pooh from pre-views of verses and stories in periodicals to the published books and celebrate the illustrative process and the interrelation of text and image. Drawing on the V&A’s collection of pencil sketches, proofs, letters and photographs, and many key loans, this exhibition will welcome another generation into A.A. Milne's magical, intimate, joyous world. In addition, the original manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh from the Wren Library at Trinity College will be on display for the first time at the V&A.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London
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