E H Shepard's visit to Nymans

E H Shepard's drawing of Nymans

Ernest (E.H.) Shepard (1879-1976) was best known for illustrating AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. He was a colleague and friend of Anne’s grandfather, the Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne.

A long weekend at Nymans

In 1929, E H Shepard visited Nymans to draw Anne’s daughter Susan. While staying at Nymans he was apparently never without a pencil in his hand, so it's easy to imagine him sketching the house in between sittings with Susan.

In June 1929 he wrote to Colonel Leonard Messel saying:

Very many thanks for your letter. Yes, I will gladly do some drawings on Sunday of the house and garden and I will accept your kind invitation to stay the night, then I can work on Monday too.  I have to be back here on Monday evening.

This letter is one of many now in the archive at Nymans. The picture usually hangs behind the door in the Library but during April we’ve brought it out into the Gun Room so that you can see it more easily