William Heath Robinson

W Heath Robinson began his career illustrating works of poetry by Poe and Kipling, later working on children’s books, including Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Water Babies and Perrault’s Fairy Tales. Later, working for magazines such as The Sketch, he developed a penchant for humorous illustrations for adults, culminating in the creation of a series of complex, yet inspired contraptions for which he is best remembered today, and for which he became known by his contemporaries as ‘The Gadget King’.