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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th June 1975 Missing Lord Lucan murdered the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children, an inquest jury in Westminster decided.
19th June 1973 Rocky Horror Picture Show, stage production opens in London
19th June 1966 RW Hardy photographs staircase at Queen's House, Greenwich, later finds ghostly figures on pics.
19th June 1964 Mayor of London Boris Johnson born in New York City.
19th June 1942 Born today: Neil Chalmers, director (National History Museum, London)
19th June 1925 Comedian Charlie Drake was born in Elephant and Castle, London.
19th June 1921 Born today: Allan Davis, Mayor of London
19th June 1890 Born today: Barbara Everest, London England, actress (Fatal Witness, Inquest)
19th June 1829 Sir Robert Peel founded the London Metropolitan Police (Bobbies).
King of Gadgets lived+died here
This is where cartoonist William Heath Robinson lived and died.
Location: 25 Southwood Avenue, Highgate, London
Description: William Heath Robinson (1872-1944), best known for his cartoons of intricate machinery, and nick-named The Gadget King, lived in Southwood Avenue, Highgate, for the last nine years of his life.
Born in Hornsey Rise, Islington to a family of artists, he began his career as an illustrator for classic children's books such as Arabian Nights and fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen.
Shortly after Will's birth, the family moved to Islington, which is where he went to school before enrolling at the Royal Academy, where he studied from 1892 until 1897. After leaving the R.A., he sold only one painting, but established a reputation as an illustrator for such authors as Kipling, Poe and Rabelais, as well as Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In 1903, he married Josephine Latey, the daugher of the editor of the Penny Illustrated Paper and the Illustrated London News for both of which Will's father, Thomas, had provided drawings. Will and Josephine were to have a girl and four boys.
In 1906 appeared the first of the drawings of the machines with which his name will forever be associated. A Heath Robinson device is one which is designed to perform a very simple task, has become extremely run down, requires a huge staff of attendants (always with terribly serious faces) to operate it, and which consumes far more energy than the end product justifies.
In 1933, these drawings made perfect illustrations for Norman Hunter's hilarious tales of Professor Branestawm, the mad scientist.
Tagged in this Tour: Cartoonists and Illustrators