Heath Robinson's Commercial Art: A Compendium of His Advertising Work

by Geoffrey Beare

Heath Robinson's Commercial Art: A Compendium of His Advertising Work Synopsis

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, humour, 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 full bibliography 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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848222168
Publication date: 4th September 2017
Author: Geoffrey Beare
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960, Industrial / commercial art & design,

About Geoffrey Beare

A Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust since 1992, Geoffrey Beare is the Collections and Exhibition Manager at the William Heath Robinson Museum. In 2003, he curated Heath Robinson for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, a show which toured the UK. He is also the Chairman of the Imaginative Book Illustration Society, which encourages research and the exchange of information on the history of book and periodical illustration.

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