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Tom, Charles and William Heath Robinson were all prodigiously talented and acclaimed illustrators. This exhibition shows 60 of the brothers’ original book and magazine illustrations, many seen in public for the first time.

This illustration exhibition brings together the work of Tom, Charles and William Heath Robinson. It not only reveals the sheer quality and imaginative range of each of brother’s work, but considers how family, brotherhood and collaboration played a crucial part in their artistic development.

While each artist would follow his own particular direction, often their work was to share common themes, such as fantasyland, children and the ‘far away’.

Curator and Robinson family descendant Dr Peter Higginson says: “Tom, Charles and Will were like a family dynamo of creativity, who were fortunate to be present at one of the most exciting moments in the history of illustration.”

Please see the following interview with Peter Higginson introducing the exhibition.

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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 - 23 Jun

Heath Robinson’s Illustrations for magazines, 1925 to 1936

With the start of the Second 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.…

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