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Winnie-the-Pooh Het kon wel een sprookje zijn! Het avontuur van 'Gussie' en 'Winnie'! Maar wat hebben die met elkaar te maken?

Winnie-the-Pooh (of in het Nederlands: Winnie de Poeh), dat leuke teddybeertje kennen we allemaal, maar 'Gussie' of Augustine Boucneau... Daar wisten we weinig of niets van. Tot een tijdje geleden...

Augustine Boucneau was de oudste dochter van Mary Ann Griffin en Adolphe Boucneau, die uit Rance in Londen ging werken als marmerhandelaar. Augustine werd in Londen geboren in 1844 of 1845. Ze trouwde op latere leeftijd in 1894 met Groby Warrington Rogers. Meer wisten we niet van haar.

Door Google Books kwamen ook nu weer een leuk verhaal op het spoor! In de geïllustreerde autobiografie 'Drawn from life' van Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976), een bekend Brits tekenaar en boekillustrator, komt Augustine ter sprake als een vriendin van zijn moeder. Hij heeft over die periode erg mooie jeugdherinneringen. Na de dood van zijn moeder gaat hij er nog eens op bezoek en daarover is er een hele passage te lezen in deze autobiografie. Dankzij Jim Trewin (thanks, Jim!) beschikken we over de tekst!

Drawn from life E.H. Shepard is vooral bekend als dé illustrator van de originele verhalen van 'Winny-the-Pooh' van schrijver Alan Milne. Shepard creëerde behalve Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie de Poeh) de hele reeks figuurtjes die zo bekend werden, zeker nadat ze ook nog eens door Disney opgepikt werden: Tigger (Teigetje), Eeyore (Lejoor), Piglet (Knorretje), Owl (Uil), Rabbit (Konijn) en Kanga.

Bekijk hier het fragment van de autobiografie van Ernest Howard Shepard en kom meer te weten over Augustine Boucneau.


'Gussie' Boucneau and Winny-the-Pooh

It could have been a fairy tale! The adventure of 'Gussie' and 'Winnie'! But what is this al about?

Winnie-the-Pooh is the bear that we all know, but about "Gussie" or Augustine Boucneau we knew little or nothing. Until a while ago ...

Boucneau Augustine was the eldest daughter of Mary Ann Griffin and Adolphe Boucneau, who came from Rance to London as a marbleworker. Augustine was born in London in 1844 or 1845. She married in 1894 with Groby Warrington Rogers.

On Google Books we found this nice story. In the illustrated autobiography "Drawn from Life" by Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976), a famous British artist and book illustrator, Augustine is mentioned as a friend of his mother. Over that period he had some beautiful memories. After the death of his mother, he went to visit her. In his autobiography there is an entire passage about this visit. Thanks to Jim Trewin we have the text!

E.H. Shepard is best known as the illustrator of the original stories of "Winny-the-Pooh" by author Alan Milne.

Drawn from life Read more.. the excerpt from the autobiography of Ernest Howard Shepard with the story about Augustine Boucneau.

E H Shepard Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976) was born in London and encouraged to draw from a young age by his artist mother. He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy at the age of eighteen.

In the early years of the 20th century Shepard achieved some success with illustrated editions of Dickens and Aesop’s fables. By 1907, Punch Magazine had accepted some of his drawings for publication although he wasn’t a permanent Punch employee until 1921. He would remain there for more than thirty years.

In WWI, Shepard earned a Military Cross for bravery during service with the Royal Artillery in France and Belgium but he continued to sketch humorous vignettes which he submitted to Punch. In the 1920s, he was introduced to Alan AA Milne who reluctantly commissioned Shepard to do some line drawings for a children’s book he had written. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Shepard and Milne were never particularly close but their collaboration on the four books – ‘When We Were Very Young’ (1924); ‘Winnie the Pooh’ (1926); ‘Now We Are Six’ (1927) and ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ (1928) – ensured that their names would be associated for eternity. Characters included Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit and Kanga.

The character of Winnie the Pooh was based on Milne’s son’s (Christopher) teddy bear, but the drawings were inspired by a toy bear named Growler, belonging to Shepard’s own son. Growler would be mauled to death by a neighbour’s dog, but Christopher’s bear (and other stuffed Winnie the Pooh animals) circuitously made their way to the New York Public Library where I believe they still live. Late in life, Shepard was said to have voiced some resentment that the “silly old bear” had overshadowed his other illustration work, but he had expressed his fondness for the characters on many more occasions, so this phrase may have been more affectionate than has been reported.

Although he pursued book and magazine illustration all through his life, Shepard’s most notable work, beyond the AA Milne quartet, were the line drawings he produced for Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’, published in 1931.

Shepard's autobiographical books, Drawn from Memory (1957) and Drawn From Life (1962) are joyfully written and present a superb picture of England's upper middle classes.


'Gussie' Boucneau et Winny-the-Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Cela aurait pu être un conte de fée! L'aventure de 'Gussie et Winnie'!

Winnie l'ourson est l'ours que nous connaissons tous, mais sur "Gussie" ou Augustine Boucneau nous savions que peu ou rien... Jusqu'à présent...

Augustine Boucneau était la fille de Mary Ann Griffin et d'Adolphe Boucneau. Il venait de Rance à Londres comme marchand de marbre. Augustine est née à Londres en 1844 ou 1845. Elle s'est mariée en 1894 avec Groby Warrington Rogers.

Sur Google Books, nous avons trouvé cette belle histoire. Dans l'autobiographie illustrée "Drawn from Life" par Ernest H. Shepard (1879-1976), un artiste britannique célèbre et illustrateur de livres, Augustine est mentionnée comme une amie de sa mère. Au cours de cette période, Ernest Shepard a eu quelques beaux souvenirs. Après la mort de sa mère, il est allé lui rendre visite. Dans son autobiographie, il y a un passage concernant cette visite. Par Jim Trewin, nous avons le texte!

E.H. Shepard est plus connu comme l'illustrateur des histoires originales de "Winny l'ourson" par l'auteur Alan Milne.

Drawn from life Voici l'extrait de l'autobiographie d'Ernest H. Shepard avec l'histoire de Augustin Boucneau.

Meer info:

- Wikipedia over Winnie de Poeh (english) (français)
- Wikipedia over Ernest Shepard (english) (français)
- Een beknopte biografie van Ernest Shepard (english)
- Het archief van Ernest Shepard (english)
- Nog een biografie van Ernest Shepard
- Nog een biografie van Ernest Shepard

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