His subjects were human nature and particularly those individuals who had an inflated view of their own importance. (Geoffrey Beare, curator and author of the exhibition book)
By the late 1890s Heath Robinson had established his reputation as a cartoonist for magazines like Tatler and Punch and as an illustrator of luxury editions of Shakespeare and such like. The late 90s and the Edwardian decade were the heyday of English book illustrations and Heath Robinson even wrote and illustrated some books of his own.
Unsurprisingly, the Great War changed all that. For a while there was an even greater appetite for humorous stories and cartoons to keep up the spirits of people both at the Front and back home, and HR provided a steady stream of morale-boosting cartoons, now collected in Heath Robinson’s Great War.
But in 1915 his art and career took a new turn. He was approached…
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