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William Heath Robinson
     

William Heath Robinson

by James Hamilton, W. Heath Robinson
 
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

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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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An affectionate and painstaking pictorial life of a rare comic artist whose work delights readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857936049
Publisher:
Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.97(h) x 0.46(d)

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