Winnie The Pooh A. A. Milne Writer E. H. Shepard Illustrator Christopher Robin Leads An Expedition Public Domain

Winnie The Pooh, a lover of honey and singing tiddley-pom, is one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.

A.A.Milne created the much-loved character but it is E.H.Shephard’s illustrations that come to mind when we think of the lovable bear.

James Campbell has written The Art of Winnie the Pooh to show some never seen before sketches.

One lesser-known fact of the illustrator, E.H.Shephard, is that he served in the First World War and provided sketches for the Observation and Intelligence Corps.

"He took his sketchbooks with him and made wonderful records of what he saw. Drawing guns, drawing scenes, in fact, he got such a reputation for it that by 1917 the Army itself... asked him to actually work for the Army.

"Drawing areas that they thought they might be going to attack, annotating maps and photographs and actually recording what had happened during and after battles."

Natasha Reneaux caught up with author James Campbell which you can hear below...

Pooh was based on a teddy bought from Harrods for his son Christopher Robin's first birthday and named after a bear at London Zoo called Winnie.

However, it was E.H.Shephard’s son’s own Steiff Bear called Growler who became the inspiration for who we know today as Winnie the Pooh.

The Art of Winnie the Pooh shows how Pooh Bear came to be.

"Over 70 percent of the drawings in this book have never been published before so it's really so people can look behind the scenes and see how those drawings and illustrations came about."