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E. H. Shepard

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnest Howard "E. H."•Shepard
Used nameE. H.•Shepard
Born10 December 1879 in St. John's Wood, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died24 March 1976 in Midhurst, West Sussex, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


E.H.Shepard was educated at St. Paul’s School before gaining a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Art. He had already become a successful book and magazine illustrator by the start of World War One and had begun an association with the humorous magazine Punch which would last nearly fifty years.

Shepard joined the Royal Artillery in 1915 and was soon using his skills to provide sketches of the battlefield for his superiors. By the end of the war he had risen to the rank of Major and was awarded the Military Cross. He joined the full-time staff of “Punch” as a political cartoonist in 1921 and was recommended by a fellow member of staff to the writer A.A. Milne. Shepard illustrated Milne’s book of poems “When We Were Very Young” and went on achieve fame as the illustrator of the “Winnie the Pooh” series of children’s books. He was reported as being resentful that this work overshadowed his other work which included illustrations for over sixty books.

His daughter, Mary, was also an artist whose most well-known work were illustrations for P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins series of books.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions GBR E. H. Shepard
Painting, Drawings And Water Colors, Open (Olympic) AC