Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) by Scholes, Robert

William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) He was born at Hornsey in Middlesex. His father, uncle and grandfather were all employed either drawing or engraving images for publication, and his brothers also became artists. He studied art at the Islington School of Art and sometimes at the Painting Schools of the Royal Academy. At first he tried to make a living as a landscape painter, but he switched to drawing to earn a living and became an important illustrator in what was a golden age of illustration. He contributed to ,, and other magazines, and illustrated everything from Rabelais to fairy tales. Many later artists emulated him, including the American cartoonist Rube Goldberg. The Sketch The Graphic

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