["The Invalid"]. Pencil and charcoal drawing, signed with initials ("EHS").
310:245 mm, under oval mat.
A seated young lady, handkerchief in hand, smiling and eyes cast down bashfully, wearing a white bonnet and a dark, semi-transparent cloth flung over her cape, her petticoat having slipped to her thighs and revealing her tightly closed legs from the knees downward.
A rare example of a risqué drawing by Shepard, best known for shaping the definitive image of "Winnie-the-Pooh", but also a prolific staff-member of "Punch" and illustrator of favourites such as "The Wind in the Willows" and "David Copperfield".
Slightly warped. No publication of this image could be traced.