Sunday, January 10, 2016

Amazing sketches from WWI, drawn by the illustrator of Winnie the Pooh

More than 100 sketches made by E.H. Shepard, the man that illustrated Winnie the Pooh, have been discovered locked in a trunk. The trunk that belonged to Shepard was unlocked for almost 100 years. Shepard is most famous for his classic illustrations like Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, but not many people know that he was also part of some of the bloodiest battles during the First World War. He was a captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery and when he wasn’t fighting the enemy, he made some amazing illustrations from the trenches and battlefields and some caricatures of his comrades. These sketches, that were considered lost,  are now giving us a personal insight into the war, from the perspective of a soldier.

Many of the illustrations are humorous, showing the irony of war, laughing both at the enemy and the friends, but some of them are dreadful and serious, as the war truly was. There is one called, “Complete Desolation” that shows a the bare landscape of the Somme. Another illustration was made soon after the death of his brother Cyril, he was killed, also on the Somme, near the post were Shepard served. This one shoved the grave of his brother.

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