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Heath Robinson: Suburban Subversive
Monday, 17th September 2007
8pm to 8:30pm
Michael Rosen investigates the world of cartoonist and illustrator William Heath Robinson, whose eccentric contraptions sent up the 20th Century love of machines.
Born into a family of illustrators in 1872, Heath Robinson began his career illustrating fairy tales, classic novels and poetry and plays, as well as writing and illustrating his own children's books, The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, and Bill the Minder. Working predominately in black and white, during the First World War he drew cartoons and humorous illustrations for magazines and advertising and soon started experimenting with depicting scenes gently ridiculing modern life
This culminated in his drawings of crazy contraptions that sent up the 20th century's blind faith in machines and technology. From his extraordinary cartoons of World War One which expose the absurdity of the technology of war to his mocking illustrations of middle class life-style and etiquette, Rosen reveals Heath Robinson as a suburban visionary.
Not my rip, obviously. A big thanks to Tiggzz of this parish for uploading this in the early days of the site. I for one thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought that it could now do with another run.
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