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With the start of the First World War in 1914 Heath Robinson observed that “There was now no demand for purely artistic productions, for new editions of Shakespeare or other classics”. He was then dependent on humorous work for his income. However, from about 1925 respite from the constant need to be funny came from time to time with commissions to provide serious illustrations to short stories and articles in Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine and its sister publication Good Housekeeping.

The exhibition will include illustrations for stories by Richmal Crompton, J. B. Priestly & Gerald Bullett and John van Druten, an English playwright and theatre director..

He developed a distinctive style for these illustrations, very different from his earlier drawings and adapted to the two-colour printing process used for magazines of the time. He also produced a number of full-colour designs for the covers of magazines.

Another artist who was best known for his humorous work, but who also provided illustrations for Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine was Leslie Illingworth. The exhibition will include three examples for his work.


Permanent Exhibition

Our permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career.

30 Mar - 21 Jun

Modernist Magazine Illustration

The cartoonist turns his hand to magazine illustration! Explore Heath Robinson’s art for literary magazine covers, articles, and stories in this exhibition of a lesser known part of his work, produced throughout the 1920s and 30s.

29 Jun - 22 Sep

Michael Rosen: The Illustrators

The exhibition highlights the interplay between writer and illustrator. Michael Rosen’s children’s writing has delighted generations – and now a landmark exhibition journeys through his life and career via a selection of original illustrations from his books.

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