Representing dreams in advertising

Representing nightmares in cartoons

Representing dreams in cartoons

The Vision of the Sibyll, Hans Burgkmair, German, 1520

'He dreamt that he stood in a shadowy court', The Hunting of the Snark, ILLUSTRATION BY HENRY HOLIDAY





01. advert for the film released 1947, after the short story by James Thurber. MORE MITTY

02. a French seventeenth century broadsheet satirising pretensions of the time to curing the deranged mind - a patient's head is poked into an oven not unlike an alchemical vessel and the ferment of his fantasies belches forth. Another patient shits out his fantasies in a commode.
03. Image from J.F.Sullivan's illustrations to The British Working Man by One Who does not Believe in Him , published by the FUN office in London 1878, page size is 21 x 28cms.

04. the Vision of the Fall of the Angels, from Charles Singer, From Magic to Science , Benn, London 1928, reproduction of an image from Hildegard of Bingen's Scivias , c1180.


01. Jacob's Dream, from the Lubeck Bible , 1494.

02. Etching by Francisco Goya, published 1799 - "El Sueno de la razon produce monstruos" .The sleep of reason begats monsters. Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the source of their wonders." For a painter who worked so obsessively at evoking the spectral and dreamlike, the caption may be appear as a warning to self.

03. No assemblage of dreams can be complete without the Wish Fulfillment Dream of the Tourist - a movie montage of exotic sights (Yashmak to the fore) - here represented by an advertisement for MARTIN aircraft June 1943, "Tomorrow the World is Yours". "Your ticket to Romance is a US War Bond..." is the unlikely copy line. 18 x 24cms.