Last post for the Country – An early attempt at picking up mail without stopping

Made:
c. 1935
maker:
William Heath Robinson

Original pen and ink drawing for Railway Ribaldry by William Heath Robinson. Page entitled 'LAST POST FOR THE COUNTRY. AN EARLY ATTEMPT AT PICKING UP MAILS WITHOUT STOPPING’ (written in bottom left corner). ‘RAILWAY RIBALDRY’ written in bottom right corner. 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. ‘317 G W’ handwritten on the back. Also handwritten on the back ‘From/ W Heath Robinson/ 20 Shepherd’s Hill/ Highgate N6’. One image on the page showing a bridge and train in silhouette. The train lowers hooks from pulleys to collect the mail, while in the foreground people run to get their mail to the post box. Commissioned by Great Western Railway, 1935.

H381mm x W272mm.

Details

Category:
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Object Number:
2010-7058
Materials:
paper, pen and ink
type:
drawing
credit:
Morphets

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