W. Heath Robinson

English, 1872 - 1944

William Heath Robinson was born in London to a family of illustrators; his father and three brothers all worked in the field. William was known for his drawings of fantastically complicated machines to carry out simple tasks. His machine cartoons were so popular that any complicated or makeshift machine might be called “Heath Robinson contraptions” in World War I parlance. Several such contraptions appear in his best-loved children’s book, The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.