|The Fairy’s Birthday, 1925, published in |
Holly Leaves, December, 1925. W. Heath Robinson
(1872–1944). Pen, ink, and watercolor,
17 1/2 × 12 3/8 in. (44.5 × 31.5 cm). The William Heath Robinson Trust.
|Shepherd’s Hill, Highgate by W. Heath Robinson |
(1872–1944). Pen and watercolor, 29 1/8 x 20 1/16 inches
The William Heath Robinson Trust.
"While little known today, during his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872 -1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s Robinson developed a linear style that looks back to the innovations of the Pre-Raphaelite illustrators and forward to the art nouveau creations of Aubrey Beardsley and others. He illustrated a broad range of texts, including William Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, in addition to children’s books he wrote himself. He is best remembered today for his humorous depictions of Rube Goldberg-like contraptions and gentle satires of contemporary life."
The show will be up through May 21, 2017.