Grants worth £300,000 have helped stop a large number of works by cartoonist and illustrator William Heath Robinson being sold and potentially broken up.The collection, which includes many of his best-known WW1 and World War Two cartoons, was put up for sale in 2011.
The 410 drawings and paintings have now been acquired by the William Heath Robinson Trust (WHRT).
The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) gave a £250,000 grant to assist the purchase.
An additional grant of £50,000 was provided by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art.
Heath Robinson's drawings of complicated inventions saw his name enter the lexicon in 1912 as a synonym for absurdly ingenious devices.
Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and Olympic Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick are among those to have cited him as an influence on their work-READ MORE -http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32015961