Ernest Howard Shepard

Ernest Howard Shepard MC OBE (British, 1879-1976)

Ernest Howard Shepard is perhaps the best loved of British illustrators. He was born in St. John’s Wood London in 1879, the son of an architect. He was educated at St. Pauls and then at the RA schools from 1897-1902. Shepard began drawing for Punch in 1907 becoming chief cartoonist there in 1945. His great success as an illustrator is connected with the unforgettable illustrations for A. A. Milne’s Pooh books and Kenneth Grahame’s, The Wind in the Willows. Shepard met E.V. Lucas during the period that he worked for Punch over some fifty years. Lucas was also a director of Methuen the publishers and it was he who first suggested that Shepard illustrate some children’s verses for A. A. Milne which first appeared in Punch in 1924.

References: ‘Punch, or the London Charivari,’ February 3, 1926: 131; Houfe: 297, Rawle Knox. The Work of E.H. Shepard, 1979.