Exhibition: Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories

This exhibition runs from Thu, 4th Feb 2021 to Sat, 20th Mar 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Thu,
4th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)  <– Today
Fri,
5th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)
Sat,
6th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)
Thu,
11th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)
Fri,
12th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)
Sat,
13th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)
Thu,
18th Feb 2021  
(11am - 4pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Thu, 4th Feb 2021

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


The exhibition shows artwork from the children’s books that Heath Robinson both wrote and illustrated. See the first signs of his inventive talents and meet a cast of strange and mysterious characters.

In 1902 Heath Robinson was commissioned by Grant Richards to write and illustrate a new children’s book and he took the episodic structure of Don Quixote as his model, with the hero embarking on a quest and each chapter introducing new characters. The book was The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.

In 1899 he had been one of the illustrators of a new edition of The Arabian Night’s Entertainments published in parts by George Newnes. When asked for a follow up book to Uncle Lubin he chose to write and illustrate versions of 12 of the tales adapted for young children. The Child’s Arabian Nights was published by Grant Richards in 1903.

From 1908 Heath Robinson was illustrating deluxe gift books full of coloured plates. Typical titles were Twelfth Night and Kipling’s Poems. However, in 1912 he wanted to see another children’s book that he had both written and illustrated in print. He turned to Constable & Co. who published Bill the Minder in 1912 in gift book format.

The fourth and last children’s book that he wrote was Peter Quip in Search of a Friend, another episodic story with the cast of characters that grew with each chapter. It was published by Partridge & Co. in 1922.


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Location

Heath Robinson Museum,

Pinner Memorial Park, 50 West End Lane, Pinner, London,
HA5 1AE

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