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Winnipeg Yellow

Winnipeg Yellow

Regular price £350.00 GBP
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Medium used – original in liquid acrylic and gouache on boxed canvas

Large Print – size 80 x 80 cm with a limited print run of 50

Small Print – size 40 x 40 cm with limited run of 250

Winnipeg, or Winnie was the name given to a female black bear that lived at London Zoo from 1915 until her death in 1934.

She was bought as a small cub for $20 at a stop in White River, Ontario, by Lt. Harry Colebourn of The Fort Garry Horse, a Canadian cavalry regiment, en route to the Western Front during the First World War. The bear was smuggled into Britain as an unofficial regimental mascot. Lt.Colebourn, the regiment’s veterinarian, named her after his home city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Before leaving for France, Colebourn left Winnie at London Zoo.

This is the origin of the story of Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Milne, AA MiIne’s son, at the age of nine, went to London Zoo with his dad in the 1930’s and fell in love with Winnie when he was allowed to feed him honey from a spoon. He went home and renamed his teddy bear Winnie and his father started to write stories for his son about his teddy bear.

The image of Winnie The Pooh is used with the kind permission of The Disney Corporation.

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