Early Flickerings: E. H. Shepard’s Bevis (1932)

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffried (1932)

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffries (illustrations 1932, book first published 1882)

E. H. Shepard is best known these days for his whimsical illustrations for A. A. Milne’s children’s books, including his Winnie-the-Pooh stories, in the 1920s. But he was a versatile illustrator who worked in a variety of styles. His 1932 illustrations for Richard Jeffries’ Bevis: The Story of a Boy are an early example of heroic age illustration. His children are independent and active (there is no sign of any adults in any of the drawings), his settings are realistic, and the compositions and penmanship are just lovely.

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffried (1932)

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffried (1932)

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffried (1932)

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffried (1932)

From Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jeffried (1932)

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