This exhibition focuses on the namesake of the museum and the landscapes, figure studies and imaginative works that he produced throughout his life.
These watercolours – 20 of which were acquired with Art Fund support – were not exhibited during the artist’s lifetime, and this is the first exhibition devoted to them.
Heath Robinson trained at the Royal Academy Schools and always saw himself as an artist. He earned his living as an illustrator and cartoonist, but he would spend much of the limited spare time he had either drawing or painting in watercolours, indulging his passion for landscape and seascape painting, or pursuing his experiments into light, colour, movement and abstraction.
When painting for pleasure he was able to adopt a much freer style, executing sensitive impressionistic watercolour sketches. His adeptness for painting and his distinctive vision means that although these pictures are mostly different from his commercial work, they are immediately recognisable as his.