Rowland Emett 1906 - 1990 was a draughtsman, artist, cartoonist and most famously a creator of "things" as he called his fanciful machines.
During the 40's; 50's and 60's his work
appeared regularly in Punch magazine. He was to become famous in the
United States after a feature in Life magazine and many examples of his
work are to be found in museums and institutes in that country. Many of
his designs were for trains, often drawn by locomotives with odd names
and exaggerated features. His Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway was
re-created for the Festival of Britain of 1951. It continued to operate
Many of Emett's designs were
actually built and some of these machines work today. One famous
creation is the clock in Nottingham's Victoria Centre.
William Heath Robinson 1872 - 1944 was also a cartoonist although his early work was that of a book illustrator.
The term "heath robinson" came to be
used during the first world war to describe a makeshift device or
repair. Like Emmet, Heath Robinson designed fanciful machines, often to
conduct absurd operations such as rejuvinating stale scones or removing
warts from the top of ones head. His work appeared in a varieety of
magazines as well as being commissioned to illustrate advertising
- The Extraordinary Parish of Taxal
- Edward Salomons
- Bugsworth Tales
- Crime in the High Peak
- A Victorian Heroine
- A benighted parish
- The Driven Gipsies
- Not Only The Titanic
- "The Sale of a Wife" and "An Artful Trick"
- A Dangerous Road
- The Bloomsbury Group. Artists, Writers and Intellectuals
- Decorative Buxton
- Some Industrial Archaeology
- Stage Carriage
- Mimar Sinan - Architect To An Empire
- Frank Matcham
- The Midland Hotel
- Aviation In Colour
- Colourising Photographs. A comprehensive, no nonse...