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Step into the whimsical world of William Heath Robinson's automated Dining Room without servants, where every task is effortlessly accomplished by ingenious contraptions

Background imageRoom Collection: Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4

Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Dining-Room. A family at their dining table, which is a typically Heath Robinson design

Background imageRoom Collection: Whistle and I ll Come 2

Whistle and I ll Come 2
Oh, whistle, and I ll come to you ! The thing in Parkinss hotel room

Background imageRoom Collection: An Ideal Home No. V. The Spare Room by William Heath Robinson

An Ideal Home No. V. The Spare Room by William Heath Robinson
This is W. Heath Robinsons solution of the spare room problem, a brilliant idea which renders it possible to entertain in the smallest flat without the slightest difficulty

Background imageRoom Collection: Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Northern Trust Company Bank, La Salle and Monroe Streets, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageRoom Collection: Gretna Green Building

Gretna Green Building
The famous Old Smithy and Marriage Room at Gretna Green, Dumfries, Scotland - the haven for runaway couples from England

Background imageRoom Collection: Maria Callas in Dior

Maria Callas in Dior
Maria Callas (1923-1977), American opera singer of Greek parentage pictured in the sitting room of her Milan home wearing a Christian Dior evening gown in floral print. Date: 1958

Background imageRoom Collection: Venus of Urbino, 1538. Artist: Titian

Venus of Urbino, 1538. Artist: Titian
Venus of Urbino, 1538. Titian (1488-1576). Found in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Background imageRoom Collection: The Underwriting Room of Lloyds of London, 1886

The Underwriting Room of Lloyds of London, 1886
Engraving showing the interior of the Underwriting Room of Lloyds of London, the insurance company, 1886

Background imageRoom Collection: Jeeves and Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster
In Thank You Jeeves!, Jeeves gives notice when Bertie Wooster, his employer, insists on playing the banjolele

Background imageRoom Collection: Living Room, Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London

Living Room, Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London
Living Room of 221B Baker Street, part of a Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London, reconstructed by Michael Weight. Details included are Holmess pipe and his violin. Date: 1951

Background imageRoom Collection: Leamington Spa / 1911

Leamington Spa / 1911
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire: Parish Church and Pump Room

Background imageRoom Collection: The Greyhound Sir Reginald Lister and Eileen Lavery

The Greyhound Sir Reginald Lister and Eileen Lavery
The Greyhound (Sir Reginald Lister and Eileen Lavery. The last British Minister, the Drawing Room, British Legation, Tangier) (1910). Lavery, Sir John 1856-1941. Date: 1910

Background imageRoom Collection: Harrogate Ladies College

Harrogate Ladies College
A girls school in a castle: Harrogate Colleges pleasant retreat at Lord Swintons residence near Ripon, Yorkshire at the beginning of World War II

Background imageRoom Collection: Heath Robinson Drawing Room 2 of 4

Heath Robinson Drawing Room 2 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Drawing-Room. A family in the Drawing Room, which is a typically Heath Robinson design

Background imageRoom Collection: Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt - View of Cheops Pyramid

Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt - View of Cheops Pyramid. The hotel was a former Royal hunting lodge, which opened as a Hotel in 1869. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageRoom Collection: Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert

Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert
Ennui, c1914 (1935). After the painting by Walter Richard Sickert. From Modern Masterpieces Part 2. [George Newnes Ltd, London, 1935.]

Background imageRoom Collection: The Letter, 20th century. Artist: Rex Whistler

The Letter, 20th century. Artist: Rex Whistler
The Letter, 20th century. From The Studio Volume 120 [The Studio Ltd. London & New York, 1940]

Background imageRoom Collection: Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova

Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912), British polar explorer and leader of the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, pictured in his work room on board the Terra Nova

Background imageRoom Collection: Children?s Games, 1560. Artist: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)

Children?s Games, 1560. Artist: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)
Children?s Games, 1560. Found in the collection of the Art History Museum, Vienne

Background imageRoom Collection: LEEs SURRENDER 1865. Peace in Union. The surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox

LEEs SURRENDER 1865. Peace in Union. The surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 9 April 1865. Reproduction of a painting by Thomas Nast

Background imageRoom Collection: LLOYDs OF LONDON, 1890. The Great Room of the English insurance company

LLOYDs OF LONDON, 1890. The Great Room of the English insurance company, at the Royal Exchange in London, England. Line engraving, English, 1890

Background imageRoom Collection: A Woman Reading, after Pieter Janssens Elinga, 1846-47. Creator: Francois Bonvin

A Woman Reading, after Pieter Janssens Elinga, 1846-47. Creator: Francois Bonvin
A Woman Reading, after Pieter Janssens Elinga, 1846-47

Background imageRoom Collection: Daily Telegraph - printing room 1900

Daily Telegraph - printing room 1900
Daily Telegraph, printing room in Fleet Street, London. Date: 1900

Background imageRoom Collection: The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, London

The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, London
The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, London, alongside the Great Western Railway line and between Wormwood Scrubs

Background imageRoom Collection: Interior of the R101 airship

Interior of the R101 airship
Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck

Background imageRoom Collection: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Mr Darcy enters a room in which Elizabeth Bennet is seated at her writing desk

Background imageRoom Collection: Reading Aloud, 1884, (1936). Creator: Albert Joseph Moore

Reading Aloud, 1884, (1936). Creator: Albert Joseph Moore
Reading Aloud, 1884, (1936). Women in classical dress recline while reading a book. Victorian oil on canvas by Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893). Held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Background imageRoom Collection: Children in a Room, 1909. Artist: Edouard Vuillard

Children in a Room, 1909. Artist: Edouard Vuillard
Children in a Room, 1909. Vuillard, Edouard-Jean (1868-1940). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageRoom Collection: The Camden Turkish Baths, 11a Kentish Town Road, London

The Camden Turkish Baths, 11a Kentish Town Road, London
Board-mounted promotional poster for The Camden Turkish Baths, 11a Kentish Town Road, London - designed and erected under the personal superintendence of Mr. H. H. Bridgeman ARIBA Arch

Background imageRoom Collection: Front Room, Islington High Street

Front Room, Islington High Street, oil on canvas, in a plain gold painted frame, by Frank Stanton, signed and dated 1968. Date: 1968

Background imageRoom Collection: Le Sommeil, 1866. Artist: Gustave Courbet

Le Sommeil, 1866. Artist: Gustave Courbet
Le Sommeil, 1866. From the collection of the Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee du Petit-Palais, France

Background imageRoom Collection: Interior, 1898, by Vilhelm Hammershoi

Interior, 1898, by Vilhelm Hammershoi
Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1919). Danish painter. Interior, 1898. National Museum. Stockholm. Sweden

Background imageRoom Collection: Mourne Mountains and Bay, Newcastle

Mourne Mountains and Bay, Newcastle - looking south from upper room of Slieve Donard Hotel. (Location: Northern Ireland: County Down: Newcastle). Date: circa early 1900s

Background imageRoom Collection: Men playing billiards in a club

Men playing billiards in a club. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageRoom Collection: Alice in Wonderland, Alice in the White Rabbits house

Alice in Wonderland, Alice in the White Rabbits house. Date: early 20th century

Background imageRoom Collection: Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis

Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis
The loss of HMS Courageous: one of the Royal Navys aircraft carriers sunk by a German submarine. A sectional drawing of the vessel, showing amidships the boiler room section

Background imageRoom Collection: Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, 25 February 1956. An escape ladder is extended to the second floor, with Sub Officer Kirby of A9 Fulham carrying a 19-month-old child

Background imageRoom Collection: GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room

GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room
The appliance room of the newly commissioned Lewisham Fire Station, located in Lewisham High Street, SE London. Showing Lewishams appliances, a pump-escape, pump and emergency tender

Background imageRoom Collection: Court room scene, Mr M Naughten trial

Court room scene, Mr M Naughten trial
A sketch taken of the courtroom at Old Bailey where the trial of Mr M Naughten took place, for the assassination Mr Edward Drummond, secretary to Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel

Background imageRoom Collection: Crown of Scotland

Crown of Scotland
The Crown of Scotland, last used at the coronation of Charles II at Scone in 1651, now in the Crown Room at Edinburgh Castle

Background imageRoom Collection: Vladimir Ilich Lenin, Russian Bolshevik leader, in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, October 1918

Vladimir Ilich Lenin, Russian Bolshevik leader, in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, October 1918. Lenin (1870-1924) became leader of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic

Background imageRoom Collection: Wates house interior imagined by Anne Morrow

Wates house interior imagined by Anne Morrow
Artists impression of the interior of a Wates house, done up in a rather fabulous 1960s scheme. Wates built a large number of houses on estates

Background imageRoom Collection: Painted Murals And Frescoes Inside A Room At The Ancient Roman Ruins At Herculaneum (Ercolano)

Painted Murals And Frescoes Inside A Room At The Ancient Roman Ruins At Herculaneum (Ercolano), Campania, Italy
Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD

Background imageRoom Collection: Bolts of electricity discharging in the lab of Nikola Tesla

Bolts of electricity discharging in the lab of Nikola Tesla
Inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla in his lab while his magnifying transmitter high voltage generator produces bolts of electricity. December 1899

Background imageRoom Collection: Living Room, Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London

Living Room, Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London
Living Room of 221B Baker Street, part of a Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London, reconstructed by Michael Weight. A dummy version of the man himself can be seen in the far window. Date: 1951

Background imageRoom Collection: George Berkeley, Irish philosopher

George Berkeley, Irish philosopher
George Berkeley (1685-1753), Irish philosopher and Bishop of Cloyne (appointed 1734). Berkeley is famous for his philosophical theory concerning the perception of sensations and ideas

Background imageRoom Collection: Medieval dining room

Medieval dining room
Dining table of a lady of quality, 1400s. Printed color lithograph reproduction of a miniature from a French manuscript, Renaud de Montauban

Background imageRoom Collection: Barristers Room at the Royal Courts of Justice, London

Barristers Room at the Royal Courts of Justice, London
Interior of the Barristers Room at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, in 1883



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Step into the whimsical world of William Heath Robinson's automated Dining Room without servants, where every task is effortlessly accomplished by ingenious contraptions. This room, part of his An Ideal Home series, showcases the artist's imaginative and humorous take on modern living. In this surreal setting, Maria Callas in Dior graces a corner with her elegance, while Titian's iconic Venus of Urbino painting adds a touch of classical beauty to the ambiance. The walls are adorned with photographs capturing cherished memories from Harrogate Ladies College and Leamington Spa in 1911. As we venture further into this enchanting space, we stumble upon the historic Underwriting Room of Lloyds of London from 1886. Its grandeur and significance remind us that even amidst automation and innovation, tradition holds its place. The Gretna Green Building stands as a testament to love's enduring power, evoking images of clandestine elopements and forbidden romance. Nearby hangs Rex Whistler's masterpiece "The Letter, " transporting us to an era when handwritten correspondence held immense emotional weight. Jeeves and Wooster make their presence felt in this eclectic room—a nod to P. G. Wodehouse's beloved characters who navigate life with humor and wit. And just when you think you've seen it all, another marvel awaits: Heath Robinson presents his Drawing Room filled with fantastical inventions that defy logic yet captivate our imagination. Finally, we encounter the heart pulsating within this realm—the Engine Room at Clement-Talbot Motor Works in London—where dreams are transformed into reality through meticulous craftsmanship. This room transcends time and space; it is a celebration of human ingenuity across centuries. It invites us to explore beyond conventional boundaries—to embrace creativity and appreciate how artistry can transform any ordinary space into something extraordinary.