- Art, Design & Photography
A collection of the most brilliant and memorable work by one of the most inventive minds in illustration and cartoon wizardry.
Heath Robinson’s cartoons of crazy inventions captured the British imagination on their publication at the turn of the 20th century. This was the age of the machine, and Heath Robinson’s slightly mad inventions were perfect reflections of the creativity and industrious work taking place during the era. Ingeniously devised, they also required the operation of the very decent, solid chaps with paunches, moustaches and important bottoms who fell in love with his drawings. These men featured in all of his works - pushing levers, tugging pulleys, working ratchets and oiling cogs. A champion of pragmatic man, he had a wonderful eye for essentially British types.
This distinguished volume of Robinson’s art covers the breadth of his comic work, from his early musings on the state of British industries and his very first inventions, through the mocking, anti-German propaganda created during the First World War, to the final sketches of the Second, during which he died. Contraptions is a definitive collection that will enchant future generations for as long as machines remain machines and human beings need reminding that that is all they will ever be.
'All of Heath Robinson’s technical skill, all his little details and touches and flourishes, can be enjoyed for once without the aid of a microscope … the cartoon as art' The Independent