What a life!

I owe the discovery of this delightful oddity to ‘A Book of Surrealist  Games’. A 1911 proto-Dadaist satire by Edward Verrall Lucas and George Morrow, it is comprised entirely of illustrations from the general catalogue of a London department store of the time, Whiteleys. The accompanying  text is full of deadpan absurdities that fans of Monty Python would find familiar.

It influenced Surrealist collage techniques and was featured in the landmark 1936 MOMA exhibition, ‘Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism’.

Unfortunately out of print at the moment, however it is in the public domain in the US and is available online.


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