EDGAR NORFIELD (1895 – 1977): An original humorous 1940s caricature featuring a robot captioned “I’m afraid the Professors Will is going to be rather a shock to most of you”

Edgar Norfield (1895 – 1977): An original humorous 1940s sci-fi inspired caricature captioned “I’m afraid the Professors Will is going to be rather a shock to most of you”. This drawing was possibly produced for Punch magazine or similar publication and features a robot sitting amongst a number of people at the reading of a will.

The work is in ink and pencil on paper, mounted on artists board. The drawing is numbered 005027, and signed by the artist. The reverse with date stamp 27 Jun 1942, and hand numbered in pencil 10256/5.

Dimensions: 28cm wide x 19cm high


The Artist

Edgar Norfield (1895 – 1977) was a British illustrator, cartoonist and painter. Originally born in Cambridge, he studied at the Cambridge School of Art and later Hassall School of Art in London. During his career Norfield, produced amusing and slightly risqué drawings for a number of magazines including Punch and Men Only. He frequently worked as an illustrator of both adult and childrens literature some of his most recognisable works are  worked included in books by Reginald Arkell, C.R. Benstead and Paul Gallico.

To watch Edgar Norfield at work for Punch see this British Pathe film:


For further pieces of illustration art similar to this Edgar Norfield Robot design, included in our store see:

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Dimensions: 28cm wide x 19cm high


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Condition Report: In excellent overall condition.

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