William Heath Robinson was an English cartoonist, illustrator and artist, best known for drawings of whimsically elaborate machines to achieve simple objectives. In the UK, the term “Heath Robinson” entered the popular language during the 1914–1918 First World War as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contrivance, much as “Rube Goldberg machines” came to be used in the United States from the 1920s onwards as a term for similar efforts. “Heath Robinson contraption” is perhaps more often used in relation to temporary fixes using ingenuity and whatever is to hand, often string and tape, or unlikely cannibalisations. Its continuing popularity was undoubtedly linked to Britain’s shortages and the need to “make do and mend” during the Second World War.
|Born:||May 13, 1872, Islington, England|
|Died:||September 13, 1944, London, England|
|Occupation:||Illustrator, cartoonist and artist.|
|Known for:||Drawings of odd contraptions|
|IMDb:||W. Heath Robinson’s IMDb|
About W Heath Robinson
English cartoonist and illustrator who became known for his renderings of eccentric machines. He illustrated for films like The Arabian Nights, (1899), Tales from Shakespeare (1902), Gargantua and Pantagruel (1904).
He got involved in the industry early working as an illustrator for novelists like Hans Christen Andersen and Walter de la Mare.
In 1971, during Pink Floyd’s concert film, Live at Pompeii, lead singer Nick Mason described his band’s early musical experiments as a Heath Robinson.
He was born in the UK.
He and Ronald Searle were among the most famous cartoonists in Britain.
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