Charles Robinson: The Story of the Weathercock, Part 1

Hola!  Hope everyone had a great New Year’s!

So, over at Open Library they have an online copy of a wonderful children’s book written by Evelyn Sharp and illustrated by the incredible Charles Robinson (whose brother William Heath Robinson was also an amazing illustrator) called The Story of the Weathercock, which I thought I’d feature some of the art from.  There are over one hundred sixty illustrations for the book and originally I had planned to select the top twenty and post those, but I simply couldn’t whittle it down to that.  Then I figured I’d post around forty drawings.  And here we are now.  I’ve decided to go with fifty drawings and break them into two posts of twenty-five each.

Robinson was a prolific illustrator of the Golden Age who generally worked in a sumptuous art nouveau style, such that even his simplest pieces are often elegant and suggestive of artworks that are more elaborate.  I’m sure I’ll dig up more of his work over there, in which case you’ll get the crème de la crème of whatever I find.  Enjoy!

Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (frontispiece)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (frontispiece)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (title page)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (title page)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (1)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (1)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (2)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (2)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (3)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (3)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (4)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (4)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (5)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (5)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (6)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (6)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (7)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (7)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (8)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (8)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (9)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (9)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (10)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (10)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (11)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (11)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (12)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (12)

Is it just me or does the film version of Falkor the Luckdragon from The Neverending Story look like it was ripped off from this dragon?  And I love that film, mind you, but . . . yeah.

Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (13)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (13)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (14)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (14)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (15)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (15)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (16)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (16)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (17)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (17)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (18)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (18)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (19)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (19)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (20)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (20)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (21)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (21)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (22)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (22)
Charles Robinson - The Story of the Weathercock (23)
Charles Robinson – The Story of the Weathercock (23)
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