Charles Robinson – Margaret’s Book 1913


Charles Robinson (1870–1937) was a prolific British book illustrator.

Born in Islington in October 1870, London, he was the son of an illustrator and his brothers Thomas Heath Robinson and William Heath Robinson also became illustrators.

The first full book he illustrated was Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses (1895) which includes over 100 pen and ink drawings. It was extremely popular, going through many reprints, and generated numerous commissions. He illustrated many fairy tales and children’s books throughout his career, including Eugene Field’s Lullaby Land (1897), W. E. Cule’s Child Voices (1899), Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s Sintram and His Companions (1900), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1907), Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1910), Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (1911), and books written by Walter Copeland Jerrold and himself.

Charles Robinson is one of my favorite Golden Age illustrator, especially his Art Nouveau black and white illustrations. Although he is not as versatile as his famed brother W. Heath Robinson, but do possess the talent and creativity to outlast many others. We do have many others illustrations by Charles Robinson in our gallery and this is another addition. Presenting to you the marvelous illustrations from  The “Margaret’s Book”, first published in 1913 by Hutchinson & Co., London.

It is visually haunting for a children’s book, but charming. Just like his “Secret’s Garden” illustrations. Enjoy.

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