An Original Illustration of the Poem ‘Devon’ By E. V. Lucas
pen and ink over pencil, heightened with white on whatman board
signed by the artist, lower right
exhibition label of S.G. (no. 205) [Soho Gallery] to reverse of board
38.5 x 27 cm (board)
Framed/glazed in gilt
The present fine drawing was published in Punch on February 3, 1926 and is illustrated p. 131 to illustrate a series of poems by Lucas on English counties titled “Mr Punch’s County Songs” which was later published in book form in 1928. This large illustration depicts four scenes surrounding the poem in manuscript, all relating to Devon: Widdecombe Fair, Lorna Doone, Kingsley’s Westward Ho! and Sir Francis Drake bowling. Original illustrations by Shepard are scarce and highly sought-after. The present example captures his deftness of line and ability to capture atmosphere and figurative scenes with a seamless ease. His work is represented in the collections of The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Shepard archive at the University of Surrey.