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The Resource [Unpublished drawings and proofs for The child's Arabian nights], W. Heath Robinson

[Unpublished drawings and proofs for The child's Arabian nights], W. Heath Robinson

Label
[Unpublished drawings and proofs for The child's Arabian nights]
Title
[Unpublished drawings and proofs for The child's Arabian nights]
Statement of responsibility
W. Heath Robinson
Title variation
  • Child's Arabian nights
  • Illustrations for The child's Arabian nights
Title variation remainder
unpublished drawings
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The manuscript consists of 84 images created in 1903 by W. Heath Robinson for The child's Arabian nights, the third and final book he illustrated for the publisher Grant Richards. This was Robinson's second opportunity to produce illustrations for The Arabian nights--the first being in 1899--but his first chance to serve as lone illustrator. The child's Arabian nights was Robinson's first attempt to produce a significant number of color plates. The manuscript includes full-color proof copies for all twelve color plates found in subsequent publication, with pen and ink and full-color watercolor drafts of each. Also included are proof copies and pen and ink originals of 26 line drawings produced for the book, with a sketch titled "The Talkative Barber" that is marked "unused". The manuscript also includes a table of contents from the rare children's book
Member of
Biographical or historical data
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was born into a family of artists and craftsmen in Islington, North London. After a failed attempt to establish himself as a landscape painter, he became an illustrator, joining his father and older brothers Tom and Charles in the trade. His early work includes illustrations for Hans Christen Andersen's fairy tales (1897), Don Quixote (1897 and 1902), The Arabian nights (1899), and the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe (1900); a brief association with the publisher Grant Richards led to the publication of a children's book which Robinson both illustrated and wrote, The adventures of Uncle Lubin (1902). More ambitious illustrations include those for Shakespeare's Twelfth night (1908) and Midsummer night's dream (1914), Kipling's A song of the English (1909), Kingsley's The water-babies (1915), and the works of Rabelais (1904). After World War I, the market for finely illustrated books declined and Robinson turned toward humorous subjects, producing illustrations for weeklies including The tattler, The bystander, and The sketch. Today, he is best known for his drawings of overly complicated machines that carry out simple and often ridiculous tasks; the contraptions known as Rube Goldberg machines in the United States are referred to as Heath Robinsons in Britain.
Cataloging source
CLU
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
[Unpublished drawings and proofs for The child's Arabian nights], W. Heath Robinson
Link
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt0b69q6b9
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Bound manuscript
  • Author from illustration of t.p. (p. 1)
  • Layout: One image mounted per page
  • Script: Primarily handwritten captions for illustrations; printed text for proofs and table of contents
  • Binding: Dyed red morocco, stamped in gilt, marbled endpapers
Contents
ff. 1-3: blank; ff. 4r-5r: Watercolor and color proof of the title page for The child's Arabian nights; ff. 6r-11r: Illustrations for "The fisherman", including 1 color proof; ff. 12r-18r: Illustrations for "The magic horse", including 1 color proof; ff. 19r-29r: Illustrations for "Aladdin" (Parts 1 and 2), including 1 color proof; ff. 30r-36r: Illustrations for "Ali Baba", including 1 color proof; ff. 37r-43r: Illustrations for "The Sea Monster" (Sinbad's first voyage), including 1 color proof; ff. 44r-50r: Illustrations for "The valley of diamonds" (Sinbad's second voyage), including 1 color proof; ff. 51r-57r: Illustrations for "The old man of the sea" (Sinbad's fifth voyage), including 1 color proof; ff. 58r-64r: Illustrations for "Abu", including 1 color proof; ff. 65r-71r: Illustrations for "Alvaschar" (Barber's fifth brother), including 1 color proof; ff. 72r-78r: Illustrations for "Shakalik" (Barber's sixth brother), including 1 color proof; ff. 79r-85r: Illustrations for "The fish-bone" (The hunchback), including 1 color proof; ff. 86r-87r: Illustrations of a boy reading, pen and ink; ff. 88r: Illustration with the caption "The talkative barber"; holograph note: "Unused"; ff. 89v-90r: Table of contents for The child's Arabian nights has been sewn into the volume; ff. 89-94: blank; end
Dimensions
26 x 19 cm. bound to 27 x 21 cm.
Extent
94 leaves
Governing access note
Open for research. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections reference desk in the Charles E. Young Research Library
Other physical details
paper, ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)65563571
  • ucoclc65563571
Terms governing use
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Label
[Unpublished drawings and proofs for The child's Arabian nights], W. Heath Robinson
Link
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt0b69q6b9
Publication
Note
  • Bound manuscript
  • Author from illustration of t.p. (p. 1)
  • Layout: One image mounted per page
  • Script: Primarily handwritten captions for illustrations; printed text for proofs and table of contents
  • Binding: Dyed red morocco, stamped in gilt, marbled endpapers
Contents
ff. 1-3: blank; ff. 4r-5r: Watercolor and color proof of the title page for The child's Arabian nights; ff. 6r-11r: Illustrations for "The fisherman", including 1 color proof; ff. 12r-18r: Illustrations for "The magic horse", including 1 color proof; ff. 19r-29r: Illustrations for "Aladdin" (Parts 1 and 2), including 1 color proof; ff. 30r-36r: Illustrations for "Ali Baba", including 1 color proof; ff. 37r-43r: Illustrations for "The Sea Monster" (Sinbad's first voyage), including 1 color proof; ff. 44r-50r: Illustrations for "The valley of diamonds" (Sinbad's second voyage), including 1 color proof; ff. 51r-57r: Illustrations for "The old man of the sea" (Sinbad's fifth voyage), including 1 color proof; ff. 58r-64r: Illustrations for "Abu", including 1 color proof; ff. 65r-71r: Illustrations for "Alvaschar" (Barber's fifth brother), including 1 color proof; ff. 72r-78r: Illustrations for "Shakalik" (Barber's sixth brother), including 1 color proof; ff. 79r-85r: Illustrations for "The fish-bone" (The hunchback), including 1 color proof; ff. 86r-87r: Illustrations of a boy reading, pen and ink; ff. 88r: Illustration with the caption "The talkative barber"; holograph note: "Unused"; ff. 89v-90r: Table of contents for The child's Arabian nights has been sewn into the volume; ff. 89-94: blank; end
Dimensions
26 x 19 cm. bound to 27 x 21 cm.
Extent
94 leaves
Governing access note
Open for research. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections reference desk in the Charles E. Young Research Library
Other physical details
paper, ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)65563571
  • ucoclc65563571
Terms governing use
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

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