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The Art of William Heath Robinson

The Art of William Heath Robinson

144 pages, paperback, 255 x 245 mm portrait, over 100 colour illustrations
PRICE: £24.99
ISBN: 978 1 898519 23 2

 

By Geoffrey Beare

In the 1930s William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was known as "The Gadget King" and he is still most widely remembered for his wonderful humorous drawings and illustrations. This book, containing over 100 of his finest, accompanied the first exhibition ever held of William Heath Robinson's work as illustrator as well as humourist.

Robinson's ambition was to become a landscape painter but he realised that such painting would not pay the bills, so he followed his brothers into book illustration, where his reputation was rapidly established. The creator of inimitable illustrations for poetry by Poe and Kipling, Andersen's Fairy Tales, A Midsummer Night's Dream, de la Mare's Peacock Pie, The Water Babies and Perrault's Fairy Tales, he is ranked alongside Rackham and Dulac, achieving classic status around the world.

He is also loved for the children's books that he both wrote and illustrated, The Adventures of Uncle Lubin and Bill the Minder. He is perhaps best remembered, however, for the highly ingenious contraptions he depicted, and these are well represented in this volume.

Geoffrey Beare is Chairman of the Imaginative Book Illustration Society (IBIS) and an authority on the work of William Heath Robinson, which he has been collecting since 1971. He is a Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust.


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