Dr Peter Higginson is Chair of the William Heath Robinson Trust, an art historian, university lecturer, and director of study tours abroad. He is also a great nephew of the Robinson brothers. In this Curator’s Talk, Dr Higginson will set out to explore the nature of the artists’ work in the exhibition.
Thomas, Charles and William Heath Robinson were all prodigiously talented illustrators. Tom was the eldest. His best work is to be found in his illustrations of historical and religious subject matter, as well as examples of fantasy. Charles was a wonderfully fluent draughtsman and watercolourist. His illustrations for The Secret Garden have remained in print for 100 years. Will was the youngest of the three and is the best known both for book illustrations and for his humorous work.
The talk will examine the question of the brothers’ interaction with each other during the course of their careers. Here was a fascinating case where factors of family, brotherhood and shared interests impacted profoundly on the their artistic creativity. To what extent did this also lead to collaboration in their work?
The influence of late 19th and early 20th century art movements, particularly Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts, and the relevance of modern developments in printing technology for the young illustrators will be also considered.
Doors will open at 6pm for viewing the Brothers exhibition and the permanent Heath Robinson Gallery. Refreshments will be served. The talk and questions last from 7-8pm. The galleries and Museum Shop remain open till 9pm.