The Fairy Tale Art of W. Heath Robinson – A Treasury of Children’s Book Illustration


The Fairy Tale Art of W. Heath Robinson – A Treasury of Children’s Book Illustration

This enchanting volume is a new collection of W. Heath Robinson’s fantastical fairy tale art and children’s book illustrations, produced across a 50-year career during the Golden Age of Illustration.

“Your absurd, beautiful drawings . . . give me a particular pleasure of the mind like nothing else in the world” —H. G. Wells, 1914

In honour of W. Heath Robinson’s 150th birthday, The Fairy Tale Art of W. Heath Robinson features the pioneering artist’s classic fairy tale illustrations. This carefully curated volume presents 100 black-and-white illustrations and 54 full-colour fairy tale artworks. Each image is presented as a full-page plate and is accompanied by its original caption and publication details.

The artist is much-loved for his innovative cartoons of bizarre machinery, and his fairy tale work also displays elements of the fantastical. Robinson’s children’s drawings juxtapose his machinery cartoons. His fairy tale illustrations veer away from the absurd and explore themes of magic and romanticism.

The contents of this fairy tale treasury include illustrations from some of the most adored children’s storybooks, such as The Giant Crab (1897), Arabian Nights (1899), The Adventures of Uncle Lubin (1902), Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1913), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1914) and many more.

Proudly published in a new collection by Pook Press, these wonderful Golden Age illustrations have been collated in a celebration of Robinson’s timeless work. This beautiful volume is not to be missed by fans of W. Heath Robinson and is the perfect gift for fairy tale lovers.