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Heath Robinson's Helpful Solutions

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled Heath Robinson’s Helpful Solutions is on display at The Cartoon Museum until October 7, 2007.

The largest exhibition of William Heath Robinson’s (1872-1944) humorous drawings for 15 years, it includes over 100 original drawings and sketches by the man who is one of the few artists whose name has entered the Oxford English Dictionary to signify ‘any absurdly ingenious and impracticable device’.

The exhibition displays many of the quirky, absurd and ingenious solutions that Heath Robinson developed to assist his earnest cast of characters. For example, a top-hatted gentleman in his long-johns carries out a precarious rescue of a damsel in distress, an engine driver stops to assist a stranded eel, a new method is devised for stuffing a turkey and a novel system proposed for testing mattresses.

No matter how perilous or tricky the problem, Heath Robinson could be counted upon to offer a helpful solution.

Also included in the exhibition are two three dimensional ‘Heath Robinson’ machines.

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday 12noon to 5.30pm.

Admission: £4 adults, £3 concessions, free for students, under 18s and Friends of the Cartoon Museum.

For more information call 020 7580 8155 or visit the website.