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See Heath Robinson’s unpublished watercolours, many never exhibited before.

Heath Robinson trained as an artist at the Royal Academy Schools and always saw himself as an artist. He earned his living as an illustrator and cartoonist, but he would spend much of the limited spare time he had either drawing or painting in watercolours. He might indulge his love of landscape or seascape painting, or pursue his experiments into light, colour, movement and abstraction. His children remembered him on holiday at the seaside, dressed in suit, collar and tie, setting up his easel on the beach or in a country lane to paint the scene before him. When painting for pleasure he was able to adopt a much freer style, executing sensitive impressionistic watercolour sketches. These paintings were not exhibited during the artist’s lifetime, and this is the first exhibition devoted to them.

 

Permanent Exhibition

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15 Jan 2022 – 15 May 2022

Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories

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...
21 May 2022 - 4 Sep 2022

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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