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See Heath Robinson’s most popular work along with that of other artists, all themed on fairies and elves.

The most popular work in the Museum’s collection is a painting called ‘The Fairy’s Birthday’ and the finest examples of Heath Robinson’s illustrative work are the drawings that he made in 1914 to illustrate ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. These works from the Museum’s collection will be the centrepiece of an exhibition that traces the different ways in which fairies and elves have been portrayed from the early Victorian period to the recent past.

The Heath Robinson pictures will be complemented by examples by the foremost Victorian fairy artist Richard Doyle and his brother Charles Altamont Doyle. From the turn of the century will be illustrations by Charles Robinson and Arthur Rackham while from the inter-war years will be examples by Florence Mary Anderson, Helen Jacobs and Margaret Tarrant. There will also be eight of the original watercolours for the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker. More recent works will include an original cel from Walt Disney’s film of Peter Pan and two watercolours by Brian Froud.

 

Permanent Exhibition

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15 Jan 2022 – 15 May 2022

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The exhibition will show artwork from the children’s stories that Heath Robinson both wrote and illustrated. See the first signs of his inventive talents and meet a cast of strange and mysterious characters. In 1902 Heath Robinson was commissioned by Grant Richards to write and illustrate a new children’s book and he took the episodic...
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The Humour of William Heath Robinson

The 31st May 2022 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Heath Robinson. He was trained as an artist at the Royal Academy Schools, and as past exhibitions at the Museum have shown, he was a great illustrator and a highly accomplished painter in watercolours, but it is as a humorous artist…

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