William Heath Robinson

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William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) dreamed of a romantic life as an itinerant landscape painter. Instead, he remained in North London and became the greatest comic draughtsman of the century, and one of those rare individuals whose names have entered the language as adjectives. Although his name is now synonymous with any complicated, ramshackle mechanical apparatus for doing something relatively simple, the true Heath Robinson contraption was thought out with a child's solemn logic, executed with a craftsman's care, and accompanied by the ultimate in deadpan captions. In this first full account of William Heath Robinson's life and work, James Hamilton draws on the Robinson family archives to explore the personality of this convivial family man and deeply serious artist. He traces the influences on his art, the development of his uniquely individual humorous style, and the unexpected path that his career followed: the switch from landscapes to book illustration, and early success as illustrator of Poe, Rabelais and Hans Andersen; the creation of his engaging comic character Uncle Lubin, his cartoons for magazines, and the First World War anti-German satires which earned him an enth

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The British artist William Heath Robinson (18721944) dreamed in his youth of leading a romantic life as an itinerant landscape painter. Instead, he stayed home and became the greatest comic draftsman of the century. His name became synonymous with outrageously complicated devices for carrying out the most basic tasks, contraptions that he thought out with solemn logic, executed with precision, and explained with the ultimate in deadpan captions. Here, James Hamilton takes a fresh look at the life and work of this deeply serious artist. He traces his influences, the development of his uniquely humorous style, and the paths of his career, from landscapes to book illustration, with his early success as illustrator of Poe, Cervantes, and Andersen. In this comprehensive work, featuring 145 images, Hamilton reaffirms Heath Robinson s place alongside the classic illustrators of his generation.

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