Wednesday, 25 November 2015

W. Heath Robinson – part 7

William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) was an English illustrator and cartoonist, best known for his drawings of complicated machines for achieving simple objectives. “Heath Robinson Contraption” is a phrase that entered the language during WW1 in Britain, and later in the United States.

William wrote and illustrated three highly successful children’s books (The Adventures of Uncle Lubin 1902, Bill the Minder 1912, Peter Quip in Search of a Friend 1933) as well as illustrating numerous others.

In the run up to WW1, Robinson became known for a series of drawings in magazines such as The Sketch and The Tatler, many of which I will be featuring in this comprehensive look at his work.

This is part 7 of a 20 – part series on the works of W. Heath Robinson

1912 Bill the Minder:

Front Cover

End Paper

Title Page



Bill the Minder

His Howls Became Terrific

Young Tooth-Cutters Forgot Their Troubles

The Only Minder of the District

The KIng of Troy

He Climbed the Rick

He Commenced his Tale

What a Time We Had

The King of Troy Compelled to Ask His Way

I Sign on as Cabin Boy

I Went on With My Sandwiches

For Years We Sailed

The Sport of Every Mer-kid

The Ancient Mariner

Endeavouring to Comfort the Old Man

We Grew Up in Comparative Happiness

He was Always at Hand

The Triplets Accompany the Army

Good Aunt Galladia

I Just Managed to Reach the Eggs

I Angle the Air

I Fell From my Position

I Erected my Pole on the Sands

Self Again

Note: Illustrations from Bill the Minder continue in Part 8 of this series

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