Collection of photographs of Christopher Milne,
together with letters from A. A. Milne and Christopher Milne, suggesting a source of E. H. Shepard's illustrations.
Two letters and three photographs suggesting a source for E. H. Shepard’s illustrations of Christopher Robin in the Pooh books. The first letter is in the hand of Milne’s wife, Daphne, and is additionally signed by A. A. Milne. A very early reference to When We Were Very Young, it is dated 15 March, 1925 and addresses a class at the Palfrey Girl’s School in Walsall who had enjoyed the book and written to the author. Daphne Milne writes that she is enclosing, “some little photographs of Christopher Robin. In one of them he has a butterfly in his hand, which he is holding very carefully so as not to hurt it”. She closes by saying that Christopher Robin “sends his love to you all, and thanks you for liking his book so much”. The three photographs include one of Christopher Robin from the side, holding a butterfly and looking down at it (99 61 mm); another of Christopher Robin “trying to see what a butterfly smells like” by holding it up to his nose (103 58 mm with a short closed tear); and one of Christopher Robin on a horse (53 70 mm). The second letter is from the adult Christopher Robin Milne to a Mrs. Scott, apparently the child who kept the letter and photos sent to her class in 1925, and who was put in touch with Milne via the BBC. Milne provides details of the letter and locations for the photographs, writing that, “If you ever come across my own book, The Enchanted Places… you will see that I have used a “butterfly” picture very similar to one of yours as one of the illustrations – and that Shepard clearly used this picture to help him with his drawings”. He also muses on the scarcity of such images, writing, “if there were more than a dozen copies of those photographs I would be very surprised”. Provenance: from the collection of Pat McInally.
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2 letters, the first being a one page autograph letter by Daphne Milne and signed by A. A. Milne, the second a double-sided typed letter signed by Christoper Milne. 3 photographs. The autograph letter shows some some light soiling and creases and one short tear, and it is lacking one corner, not affecting the text.