'Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic' Opens at MFA Boston This Fall

Ernest Howard Shepard, ‘The bees are getting suspicious’, Winnie‑the‑Pooh chapter 1, p.  15, 1926.  Pencil on paper.  © The Shepard Trust.  Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Ernest Howard Shepard, ‘The bees are getting suspicious’, Winnie‑the‑Pooh chapter 1, p. 15, 1926. Pencil on paper. © The Shepard Trust. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from Sept.22, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019.

The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne (1882–1956) and illustrated by E. H. Shepard (1879–1976) through nearly 200 works drawn from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the Walt Disney Company, Egmont Publishing, the Shepard Trust and the University of Surrey.

Original drawings, proofs and early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion take visitors on a journey exploring how the stories of Pooh and his friends Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and Christopher Robin have stood the test of time and continue to resonate with families around the world. Exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

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