The Knighting of Pooh by Peter & Harrison Ellenshaw


Limited Edition Canvas in Multiple Sizes


The Knighting of Pooh by Peter & Harrison Ellenshaw

Limited Edition Canvas in Multiple Sizes

The Knighting of Pooh by Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw (father-son duo) features Disney’s Winnie the Pooh being knighted by Christopher Robin. Using a stick, Christopher Robin dubs Pooh with Piglet, Eyore, Tigger and Owl in attendance.

Available as a 24″ x 36″ Limited Edition Unstretched Canvas and a 15″ x 22.5″ Limited Edition Framed Canvas.

Limited Edition Unstretched Canvas Product Details
  • Individually Hand-Numbered Limited Edition of 195
  • Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
  • Gicleé canvas print using archival inks and materials
  • Made in the USA


Limited Edition Framed Canvas Product Details
  • 15″H x 22.5″W
  • Limited Edition of 500
  • Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
  • Canvas print is fully framed and ready to hang. The back of the framed artwork is affixed with a wire for easy wall hanging. (wall hook not included)
  • Gicleé canvas print using archival inks and materials
  • Part of the Silver Series Collection
  • Actual frame style may vary based on availability
  • Made in the USA

For stretching and framing options, please contact us at phone #: 317-873-2976 or email: info@cvartandframe.com

CV Art and Frame has access to a comprehensive collection of artwork by this artist. For additional details, please contact us at phone #: 317-873-2976 or email: info@cvartandframe.com

Peter Ellenshaw Biography

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Born in 1913, barely a year before World War I was to assail England with bomb-dropping zeppelins and an economic downturn that would last for decades, master painter Peter Ellenshaw would spend his early years in hardship.

It was around this time that Ellenshaw had a chance meeting with a local artist who would later mentor him not only in painting on canvas but in painting on glass to create matte backgrounds for film. This man would play a pivotal role in his life in several ways. Percy Pop Day, as he was called, was to become a legend in pioneering visual effects for the film. Later a recipient of the O.B.E., Days relationship with Ellenshaw became one of mentor-apprentice, as the younger of the two began working alongside the elder doing visual effect work for studios.

After serving his country as an RAF pilot in World War II, Ellenshaw returned to work for Mr. Day at the studios. After a brief yearlong stint at MGM, Ellenshaw left in 1947 upon receiving a call to work for Walt Disney Studios on the film, Treasure Island. As it turned out, his partnership with Disney would last over thirty years and earn him five Oscar nominations. For his work on “Mary Poppins” in which he recreated scenes of Edwardian London in 102 different mattes, he won an Academy Award. Walt Disney became Ellenshaw’s mentor and friend, spurring him on continually to perfect his craft and push the creative envelope. Walt was the dominant figure in my life for all those years,” he wrote years later. He talked to me as a father would. I cherished our relationship. However, after Walt Disney passed away in 1968, making movies wasn’t the same anymore. After Walt was gone, things were different, he wrote in his autobiography. I ceased to be as interested in film making.

At this time more than ever, Ellenshaw became more engrossed with his second career” – painting landscapes for the sheer beauty of it. By 1968, it was occupying every possible spare moment as he scurried to keep up with the demand created by galleries and collectors.

Disney’s The Black Hole in 1976 was Ellenshaw’s last film for Disney Studios, viewed both as an artistic masterpiece and a cinematic failure. Ellenshaw began to broaden his Hollywood horizons at that point, working on Superman IV with son Harrison in 1984.

The work of Peter Ellenshaw is represented in both public and private galleries worldwide. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including those by the American Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Film Institute in Chicago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the R.W. Norton Art Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Disney Legends Awards. – Collectors Editions

In February of 2007, Peter passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara, California. He was 93 years of age.

Harrison Ellenshaw Biography

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Many sons growing up in the shadow of a famous father feel that they want to carve their own paths in life. “That was me,” says Harrison Ellenshaw, son of Disney Legend and master painter Peter Ellenshaw, who won an Oscar for his visual effects work on Mary Poppins and was nominated a total of five times for the Academy Award. “I had grown up fascinated by my father’s painting,” Harrison says. “He would sometimes give me canvas and paints.” I have photographs of me painting when I was a small boy. My father’s life was painting, even during meals he would bring the canvases he was working on into the kitchen and sit and eat and look, criticizing his own work. My mother was not always pleased that this was how the family spent mealtime, but she understood his passion. But I found both this passion and his incredible talent intimidating. I was convinced I could never live up to any of it.”

Harrison graduated from Whittier College with a BA in psychology. By then, in the early 70s, the country was in the throes of a recession and Harrison found it difficult to find a job. “I remember driving with my father one day,” he recalls “and he said, “Well, you know, just for the time being, if you’re interested, the matte department at Disney is looking for apprentices.’” The department head at that time was Alan Maley, who had worked as a matte artist with Harrison’s father in years past. “So I went and talked to Alan, and we agreed that we’d give it six months.”

“Alan became my mentor,” Harrison says, “and it was due to his enthusiasm and encouragement that I really got bitten by the film bug. It had been very unique growing up having a father who knew and worked for Walt Disney — he was a living legend, an icon. But in a sense I took being in a ‘show business family’ for granted. It was Alan who showed me what was so special about film — about matte paintings; how your work on shots could be an integral part of telling a story.” After about four years, Alan Maley retired. “He told me I could take over as department head,” Harrison remembers. “It usually takes twelve years as a journeyman to become a department head. The studio was a little hesitant and I was scared to death.” Maley offered to return to give Harrison a hand if necessary, so he took the job.

Then, Harrison got a phenomenal break. “Fate smiled on me, as it had for my father,” he says humbly. “I got a chance to do some work on ‘Star Wars’”. At this point, a tale of two Ellenshaws becomes the tale of two separate Ellenshaws, as this is where Harrison begins to really strike out on his own, away from his father’s legacy. His work on “Star Wars” was so well received that he was asked to return to work on “The Empire Strikes Back”. By this time, having clearly carved a niche for himself, Harrison had no problem working with his father on Disney’s “The Black Hole” in 1979. Harrison then went solo again to add his unforgettable touch to “Tron”, one of the most unique and visually stunning films ever, now a cult classic.

After work on “Captain Eo,” “Superman IV,” “Ghost” and other films, a memorable year for Harrison was 1989, when he worked on “Dick Tracy”. “The matte paintings were visually the star of that film,” he recalls. “And by then I was doing some fine art painting on my own. But it was around that time when I was working on this incredibly colorful film that an exhibition of Fauve artists came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.” Fauve, which in French means “wild beasts”, was a name given to a group of up and coming rebel French artists in the 1900s, who included among their ranks Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. The Fauve painters took a traditional art form and began using forms and colors which were not found in nature, painting familiar objects with startlingly “wrong” colors, in an attempt to “liberate color”.

“Up until this point I had been painting trees with black, gray and brown trunks and green leaves,” he points out. “And then I came across the Fauves, who were only in existence a few years, and their intense use of color. They had done something I really enjoyed and appreciated. So I began to paint far more colorfully than I had in the past. Today, I enjoy painting as much as ever and I enjoy doing things that are really colorful. The great thing is that now with the giclee process of making prints, you can match the colors perfectly.” Harrison’s work has been exhibited at the prestigious Hammer Galleries in New York, as well as galleries in London and San Francisco.

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Art Size

15×22.5, 24×36

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