Heath Robinson's Commercial Art

A Compendium of His Advertising Work

Author: Geoffrey Beare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848222168

Category: Commercial art

Page: 256

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Heath Robinson (1872-1944) is fondly regarded for his mischievous, gently comic illustrations that have been enjoyed for generations. For the first time the advertising work of this incredibly versatile artist takes centre stage in this meticulously researched and highly-illustrated book. The name Heath Robinson immediately conjures images of overly-complicated contraptions, often held together with string and precarious in their construction. For a diverse range of clients, Robinson's inventiveness, humor, artistic skill and professionalism made him the obvious choice to advertise their products, which ranged from asbestos cement roofing to bread. Exploring the myriad companies which engaged Robinson's services, this book underlines the artist's significant contribution to Britain's cultural life. Including a complete list of Robinson's advertising clients and the work he undertook for them, this definitive account of Heath Robinson's commercial work will be unrivalled for many years to come.

William Heath Robinson

Author: James Hamilton,William Heath Robinson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9781857936049

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 151

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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.

Contraptions

Author: William Heath Robinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 192

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A volume of fantastical illustrations by a late English cartoonist features his trademark "Heath Robinson contraption" depictions of absurd mechanical objects that are comprised of ancient cogs, intricate pulleys, and other bizarre components, in a collection that spans his work as created between and during the first and second World Wars. 10,000 first printing.

Maidens, Monsters and Heroes

The Fantasy Illustrations of H. J. Ford

Author: H. J. Ford

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486139794

Category: Art

Page: 128

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Best known for illustrating Andrew Lang's fairy tales, H. J. Ford also depicted historical figures. Half of the compilation's images appear in the rare full-color formats of their original publication.

The Adventures of Uncle Lubin

Author: W. Heath Robinson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486265749

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

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This playful and richly imaginative tale recounts the exploits of the ingenious Uncle Lubin, whose attempts to rescue his nephew from the clutches of a loathsome bag-bird involve inventions ranging from an air-ship to a submersible sea-boat. Every page of the enchanting 1902 adventure features remarkable pen-and-ink drawings by W. Heath Robinson.

Britain at Play

Author: William Heath Robinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: N.A

Category: English wit and humor, Pictorial

Page: 192

View: 1994

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"Britain at Play is a must-have collection of spectacular and hilarious drawings by the celebrated illustrator William Heath Robinson. Though he became famous as 'The Gadget King' for his humorous pictures of ingenious and improbable contraptions (featuring steam kettles, candles and lengths of knotted string), Robinson's mechanical devices were only part of his huge and wide-ranging output. His work for such publications as The Tatler, The Sketch, The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News and The Bystander features the British at play in the home and outside it, indulging in outlandish sports, going to extraordinary lengths to hunt down an elusive prey, or finding opportunities for romance in surprising circumstances. Now these stunning illustrations are presented together for the very first time." "Here we find Britain in the garden, at the beach and on the golf course. We find distinguished gentlemen playing aquatic golf, fish squash or mountain cricket, gathering edelweiss, trapping whelks and catching tigers - or perhaps indulging in some Jazz-tennis. We find automobile disasters ('cartastrophes') aplenty, and bizarre acts of kindness by well-meaning boy scouts. We find city commuters sprinting across sand dunes, ladies reading whilst waltzing, lovers stealing a bus-top kiss in the midst of a traffic jam."--BOOK JACKET.

The Art of William Heath Robinson

Author: Dulwich Picture Gallery

Publisher: Paul Holberton Pub

ISBN: 9781898519232

Category: Art

Page: 143

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"In the 1930s, William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was known as "the gadget king" and he is still most widely remembered for his wonderfully humorous drawings and illustrations of highly ingenious contraptions. This book includes over a hundred of his original works." "Robinson's ambition was to become a landscape painter but he was forced to follow 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

How to Live in a Flat

Author: William Heath Robinson,K.R.G. Browne

Publisher: RHE Media Limited

ISBN: 1910226254

Category: Humor

Page: 128

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'How to Live in a Flat', if posed as a question, is worth asking today with so many articles on tiny flats with hugely inflated price tags in the newspapers. Flat-dwellers were faced with very similar problems in 1936. During 1932 and 1933 Heath Robinson had drawn a series of cartoons for 'The Sketch' entitled ‘Flat Life’, which depicted various gadgets designed to make the most of the limited space available in the contemporary flat. It was this series of drawings that provided K. R. G. Browne and W. Heath Robinson with the inspiration for their first full-length book together. It was called 'How to Live in a Flat' and, as well as greatly extending the original ideas showing many ingenious ways of overcoming the problems caused by lack of space in flats and bungalows, the book also provided much fun at the expense of the more extreme designs in thirties furniture and architecture. The book was published for Christmas 1936 and was well received. 'How to Live in a Flat' is surprisingly relevant to life in Britain in 2014. In fact, several of Heath Robinson’s space-economising solutions have been used in practice to maximise the use of space in small flats. We have beds that fold down from wardrobes fully-made and ready to sleep in, communal rubbish shoots, central heating and multi-purpose furniture. So Heath Robinson was way ahead of his time and reading 'How to Live in a Flat' may spark other innovative solutions to making life bearable in a tiny twenty-first century home! If, in addition to being a flat-dweller (perhaps in a garden flat), you are also married with a car and you play golf then you will find much to amuse and inform you in our other titles by Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne: • How to be a Perfect Husband • How to Make a Garden Grow • How to be a Motorist • Humours of Golf All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, who is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.

How to be a Motorist

Author: William Heath Robinson,K.R.G. Browne

Publisher: RHE Media Limited

ISBN: 1910226297

Category: Humor

Page: 116

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In 1935 the driving test became compulsory for anyone wishing to hold a British driving licence and a rite of passage for adults, young and old alike, was established. It was just a few years later, in 1939, that William Heath Robinson collaborated with K.R.G. Browne to publish a book entitled How to be a Motorist. No doubt inspired by the scenes of the motoring masses – there were over 2 million vehicles on the road by then – and their resultant antics and madness, Heath Robinson addresses all aspects of motoring, from selecting a car through to etiquette on the highway. He explains, aided by numerous amusing illustrations, how the car works, undertaking simple repairs and how to go about touring the continent in your car, perhaps with your caravan attached. Heath Robinson’s extraordinary imagination also shows itself in his clever solutions to the every-day problems that the motorist encountered in the 1930s. Often employing the creative use of string, we have gadgets for testing front axle springs, braking efficiency and for helping learner drivers. We are offered inventions for protecting the tyres, dealing with punctures and for negotiating roundabouts. It is interesting and fun to see how many of the problem-solving gadgets identified by Heath Robinson have actually been developed today by modern motor manufacturers: for example, all-terrain vehicles, devices for diagnosing engine trouble and driving simulators for practising your motoring skills. If, in addition to being a great driver, you also love gardening (even though you live in a flat), you play golf and you are married, then you will find much to amuse and inform you in our other titles by Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne: • How to Live in Flat • How to Make a Garden Grow • How to be a Perfect Husband • Humours of Golf All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, who is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.

Goble's Fairy Tale Illustrations

86 Full-Color Plates

Author: Warwick Goble

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486465217

Category: Art

Page: 96

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, there was a rage for colorfully illustrated books—especially fairy tales and fantasy adventures. English artist Warwick Goble (1862–1943), an expert in watercolor techniques, was among the era's premier illustrators. This one-of-a-kind collection gathers the best of his fairy tale imagery, featuring eighty-six visions of memorable scenes from timeless folk tales. The international array of illustrations begins with Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies, followed by pictures from Grace James's Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales, as well as Folk-Tales of Bengal and the Italian Stories from the Pentamerone. Images inspired by The Fairy Book; The Best Popular Fairy Stories Selected and Rendered Anew include such familiar characters as Little Red-Riding-Hood, Cinderella, Tom Thumb, and Puss in Boots. The collection concludes with imaginative depictions from The Book of Fairy Poetry, including scenes from Shakespeare's fairy classics, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with works by Milton, Tennyson, and other poets. Readers of all ages will cherish this unique book and its splendid combination of art and literature. Original Dover (2008) publication. 96pp. 83/8 x 11. Paperbound. ALSO AVAILABLE Rackham's Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Color, Arthur Rackham. 64pp. 83/8 x 11. 0-486-42167-8 Nielsen's Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Color, Kay Nielsen. 64pp. 83/8 x 11. 0-486-44902-5 For current price information write to Dover Publications, or log on to www.doverpublications.com and see every Dover book in print.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

Author: Chris Riddell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230766382

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children's Book Award. Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she's honest, she's rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it's too late!

Heath Robinson Masterpieces of Art

Author: Susan Grange,Flame Tree Studio

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786645418

Category:

Page: 128

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Illustrator and cartoonist W. Heath Robinson is renowned for his ingenious, haphazard contraptions. His work is steeped in the humour of calamity and his name became synonymous for absurd and makeshift devices. This delightful new book is packed with madcap designs, and the delicate watercolour illustrations which continue to delight us all today.

The Art of Peter Prendergast

Author: Richard Cork

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848221253

Category: Art

Page: 120

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Peter Prendergast (1946-2007), painter of bold, expressionist landscapes, seascapes and self-portraits, was an outstanding artist - as celebrated in this important new publication. Complementing The Painter's Quarry (2006), this beautifully illustrated book will enhance our understanding of a significant painter and as such is an essential purchase for all those interested in modern British art.

Heath Robinson: on Sport

Author: William Heath Robinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781445645971

Category:

Page: 96

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The quintessential illustrator of British quirks casts his gaze on the nation's sporting efforts - plus a number of purely invented and completely impossible sports from Heath Robinson's unique imagination. Heath Robinson's sense of absurdity appeals across the generations. His love of ludicrous contraptions and genius for the fantastical continues to inspire, from the creaky props on old Dr Who to the world of Wallace and Gromit.

Rube Goldberg

Inventions!

Author: Maynard Frank Wolfe,Rube Goldberg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684867249

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 191

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A collection of Rube Goldberg's wackiest inventions features more than two thousand "schematics" from the immensely popular comic for everything from suicide machines to a pick-pocket device designed for politicians.