The art of Charles Robinson, 1870–1937


‘Fair and False’, Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare (1915).

More illustrated gems from the collection of books at the Internet Archive. Charles Robinson, as mentioned earlier, was the older brother of illustrator William Heath (there was also a third illustrator brother in the family, Thomas). Charles was so prolific it’s difficult to choose one work over the many examples available in the Internet Archive, so here’s a brief selection from different books. If you only look at one of these, his oft-reprinted edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson is especially fine. There’s a distinct Art Nouveau flavour to much of Charles Robinson’s work and he also devoted more attention to page layout than his younger brother, many of his drawings being presented within sinuous frames and augmented by some very elegant lettering. If they haven’t been digitised already at Fontcraft’s Scriptorium, some of these type designs would make great fonts.


A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1895).


Lullaby-land : Songs of Childhood by Eugene Field (1897).


Fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1899).


‘The Red Shoes’, Fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1899).


The Story of the Weathercock by Evelyn Sharp (1907).


The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde (1913).

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3 thoughts on “The art of Charles Robinson, 1870–1937”

  1. Charles Robinson was a magnificent illustrator/artist. I love his work and collect it as much as my poor thin purse will allow.

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