Heath Robinson Contraptions

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Heath Robinson Contraptions

Heath Robinson Contraptions

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Heath Robinson’s work was so well regarded throughout the First World War that the US Army paid for him to go out and join them in France in 1918 – his one and only journey outside the British Isles. WIRED investigates the campaign to raise funds for a permanent museum dedicated to the British artist, satirist and illustrator. The Water Babies and The Pilgrim's Progress before writing his first of three children's book in 1902, The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.

It was a book bursting with images and a nice size to hold (bigger than an average hard back but with a lighter weight feel. With illustrations salvaged from the family archives and commentary by Heath Robinson expert, Geoffrey Beare, Contraptions is the best possible introduction to the work of one of Britain's great comic talents. After leaving the Royal Academy Schools in 1897, Robinson wanted to become a landscape artist, but the need to earn a solid income led to him pursue a career in illustration, a career his father and two older brothers were already engaged in.The phrase 'Heath Robinson', used to describe eccentric machinery, had entered the language by the First World War (the earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary is of 1917). By 1900, when he illustrated Poe’s Poems, he was acclaimed as a ‘worthy disciple of the modern school of penmen. I know a lot of his contraptions are superfluous and complicated, but they embody the English madness and invention. Despite its shortcomings, it was an effective prototype, and paved the way to the development of the Colossus computer, which swapped tape for an electronic system.

By the 40s he even had a BBC radio programme trying -- somewhat absurdly -- to advise children on how to draw.In fact, the parallels between Aardman's 'cracking contraptions' and Heath Robinson's are, on occasions, startling. The creators of the 'Wallace and Gromit' films have acknowledged that many of Wallace's inventions owe a great debt to those of Heath Robinson. The British are still a nation of garage-haunting amateur engineers who will recognise the inhabitants of Heath Robinson's world, with their pot bellies and pots of tea, archaic faces and sturdily commonsensical approach to the problems of existence.

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