The first sleeping compartment

c. 1935
William Heath Robinson

Original pen and ink drawing for Railway Ribaldry by William Heath Robinson. Page entitled 'THE FIRST SLEEPING COMPARTMENT’ (written in bottom left corner). ‘RAILWAY RIBALDRY’ written in bottom right corner. ‘W HEATH ROBINSON’ in bottom left corner of lower image. Rough pencil workings visible. Pen and ink on artists board. Signed on the back W. Heath Robinson in pencil and with stamp reading ‘RETURN TO/ A E JOHNSON/ ARTISTS’ AGENT/ (?)2 KING ST. COVENT GDN. W. C.2/ LONDON’. Roberson’s & Co. Ltd, stamp on the back of the board advertising the artists board. With ‘1441’ handwritten in blue pencil. Three images on the page; The top image shows a couple reading in their carriage compartment, the second shows the bed being lowered from the roof on a pulley while the couple change behind screens, the third image shows the couple asleep. The bottom image is shaded over in blue pencil crayon (next to the panel reads ‘MECHANICAL STIPPLE ON LOWEST PANEL’). Commissioned by Great Western Railway, 1935.

H381mm x W273mm


Pictorial Collection (Railway)
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paper, pen and ink

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