Britain at Play

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Duckworth Overlook, 2008 - English wit and humor, Pictorial - 192 pages
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"Britain at Play is a must-have collection of spectacular and hilarious drawings by the celebrated illustrator William Heath Robinson. Though he became famous as 'The Gadget King' for his humorous pictures of ingenious and improbable contraptions (featuring steam kettles, candles and lengths of knotted string), Robinson's mechanical devices were only part of his huge and wide-ranging output. His work for such publications as The Tatler, The Sketch, The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News and The Bystander features the British at play in the home and outside it, indulging in outlandish sports, going to extraordinary lengths to hunt down an elusive prey, or finding opportunities for romance in surprising circumstances. Now these stunning illustrations are presented together for the very first time." "Here we find Britain in the garden, at the beach and on the golf course. We find distinguished gentlemen playing aquatic golf, fish squash or mountain cricket, gathering edelweiss, trapping whelks and catching tigers - or perhaps indulging in some Jazz-tennis. We find automobile disasters ('cartastrophes') aplenty, and bizarre acts of kindness by well-meaning boy scouts. We find city commuters sprinting across sand dunes, ladies reading whilst waltzing, lovers stealing a bus-top kiss in the midst of a traffic jam."--BOOK JACKET.

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