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See Heath Robinson’s drawings for well-known and not-so-well-known brands.

With his trademark depiction of convoluted but highly ‘outcome-focused’ contraptions, William Heath Robinson – renowned artist, illustrator and humourist – was also a consummate ‘ad man’. In the early 20th century, he was one of the pioneering artists who rewrote the rules on how we communicate commercially: replacing the traditional copy-dominated style with a focus on imagery to tell stories. The Heath Robinson Museum ends 2017 with a special exhibition celebrating his most memorable advertising commissions, from whisky to bread, steel fabrication to leather, for nearly 100 clients including major brands such as Johnnie Walker and Hovis.

14 Dec 2016 - 14 Dec 3020

Permanent Exhibition

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

10 Sep 2022 - 11 Dec 2022

Scene Through Wood

‘Scene through Wood’ offers a visual feast of the finest wood engravings of the past 100 years, and celebrates the extraordinary artists, past and present, who made them. Curated by engraver and artist Anne Desmet RA RE, this exhibition from the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum — home to one of the most extensive collections...
29 Dec 2022 - 19 Mar 2023

Heath Robinson’s Shakespeare Illustrations

Throughout his career Shakespeare’s plays, and especially the songs within them, provided a source of inspiration for some of Heath Robinson’s most popular and successful illustrations.

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