Heath Robinson's Commercial Art: A Compendium of His Advertising Work
'Heath Robinson was the greatest artist of absurd contraptions ever dreamt up by a shock-haired inventor. Now, at last, we have a tribute worthy of his talents appears in Heath Robinson’s Commercial Art: A Compendium of His Advertising Work. The very titles of his often immensely complicated and ingenious drawings are appetite-whetting enough: the whole of the front page of the Daily Mail on 1 October 1921 was taken up by Robinson’s Impression of Toffee Town. It’s been downhill all the way since then. This book’s designed to titillate children of all ages.' - Independent
Heath Robinson (1872-1944) is fondly regarded for his mischievous, gently comic illustrations that have been enjoyed for generations. This exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at the Heath Robinson Museum shines a light on his advertising work.
For a diverse range of clients, Robinson's inventiveness, humour, artistic skill and professionalism made him the obvious choice to advertise their products, which ranged from asbestos cement roofing to bread. Exploring the myriad companies which engaged Robinson's services, this book underlines the artist's significant contribution to Britain's cultural life.
Beautifully designed with 286 illustrations (61 in colour) in an elegant layout, the advertising art is catalogued by company and referenced in a comprehensive index. A great way to celebrate this very British artist.
One of the Independent's art books of the year (2017).
Read our review of the book.
- Author: Geoffrey Beare
- Hardcover: 256 pages | 61 colour and 225 black and white illustrations
- Date published: September 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1848222168
- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 26.1 cm