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Thomas Heath Robinson (1869-1953)


Thomas Heath Robinson (1869-1953)

Skilled as a painter and printmaker as well as an illustrator, Thomas Heath Robinson was one of the leading black-and-white artists working at the turn of the century.

Thomas Heath Robinson was born in Islington, North London, on 19 June 1869. He attended local schools before studying at Islington School of Art (from 1885). Following the profession of his father, Thomas Robinson, he published his first illustrations in summer 1893, to a story by Mrs M E Braddon, in The Pall Mall Magazine. Two years later, George Allen gave him his first commission for a book, Frank Rinder’s retelling of legends from Old World Japan. He rose to the occasion on this and subsequent projects, soon becoming one of the leading black-and-white artists of his age.

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