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Sat, 20 Jan



Heath Robinson at War exhibition at Mottisfont

Over 50 artworks of humorous drawings from both World Wars, demonstrating Heath Robinson's ability to counter the horrors of war with gentle satire and absurdity.

Heath Robinson at War exhibition at Mottisfont
Heath Robinson at War exhibition at Mottisfont

Time & Location

20 Jan 2024, 11:00 – 14 Apr 2024, 16:00

Mottisfont, Mottisfont, Romsey SO51, UK

About the event

Saturday 20th January until Sunday 14 April 2024

This touring exhibition contains a wide selection of Heath Robinson’s humorous drawings from both World Wars. You'll also be able to hear transcripts of letters from the troops and the public thanking him for his morale-raising efforts.

Popular among civilians and soldiers alike, Heath Robinson’s war cartoons demonstrate his dry, ironic humour even in the face of national despair.

In each World War, Heath Robinson proved his ability to counter, by the application of gentle satire and absurdity, both the pompous German propaganda and the fear and depression gendered by the horrors of war.

'I believe that our sense of humour played a greater part than we were always aware of in saving us from despair during those days of trial.’ - William Heath Robinson

Demonstrating humour in the face of absurdity, this exhibition not only helps us to understand the historic role of artists in difficult times, but also represents an important part of the work of one of Britain’s finest artists, and the impact humour and creativity has on public morale during difficult times.

Art gallery open 11am-4pm daily (4.30pm from 10 February). Last entry into the property, house and gallery is 30 minutes before closing.

Property admission applies (free entry for National Trust members and under 5s).

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