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 15 of a 20 – part series on the works of W. Heath Robinson
1916 Peacock Pie by Walter de la Mare:
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|1916 The Moon's First Voyage (unpublished)|
|1917 The First Aero Wedding|
|1917 The Saintly Hun (from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries)|
1921 Old-Time Stories by Master Charles Perrault:
|'They reached the house where the light was burning.'|
|THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD |
'The king ... at once published an edict'
|'A little dwarf who had a pair of seven-league boots'|
|'They all fell asleep'|
|'The most beautiful sight he had ever seen.'|
|'All that remained for the youngest was the cat.'|
|PUSS IN BOOTS |
'As though he were dead'
|'Puss became a personage of great importance'|
|LITTLE TOM THUMB |
'A good dame opened the door'
|'He could smell fresh flesh'|
|'He set off over the countryside'|
|'Laden with all the ogre's wealth'|
|THE FAIRIES |
'Lifting up the jug so that she might drink the more easily'
|RICKY OF THE TUFT |
'She could not set four china vases on the mantelpiece without breaking one of them'
|Ricky of the Tuft|
'The haughtiest, proudest woman that had ever been seen'
|'Her godmother found her in tears'|
|'She rose and fled as nimbly as a fawn'|
|'They tried it first on the princesses'|
|LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD|
|'She met old Father Wolf'|
|'Making nosegays of the wild flowers'|
|'Come up on the bed with me'|
|BLUE BEARD |
"You must die, madam,' he said."
|'She washed it well'|
|'Brandishing the cutlass aloft'|
|BEAUTY AND THE BEAST |
'At first she found it very hard'
|"Look at our little sister"|
|"Every evening the beast paid her a visit."|
|"Your doom is to become statues"|
|THE FRIENDLY FROG |
'The approach to it was by ten thousand steps'
|"Could your father but see you, my poor child."|
|'The journey lasted seven years'|
|The wicked nurse|
|'She was an ugly little fright'|
|'She floated hither and thither'|
|'A kindly old man'|