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Poster - Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • Crazy World of Arthur Brown
    English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009
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Crazy World of Arthur Brown

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 1960s (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009 (artist)
    Waymouth, Nigel (artist)
    Osiris Visions Ltd (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silkscreen screenprint

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR52, box CONS

Physical description

Psychedelic poster. Crimson through pink to yellow with light blue and black. Features Disney cartoon images, Donald Duck representing anger and Mickey Mouse representing a heroin addict.

Place of Origin

England (made)


late 1960s (designed)


English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009 (artist)
Waymouth, Nigel (artist)
Osiris Visions Ltd (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Silkscreen screenprint

Descriptive line

Psychedelic poster entitled 'Crazy World of Arthur Brown' by Michael English and Nigel Waymouth, otherwise known as the graphic design duo, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. Great Britain, ca. late 1960s.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christoph Grunberg, ed. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era London: Tate, 2005. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ISBN: 1854375954.

Labels and date

"Michael English (born 1942) and Nigel Waymouth (born 1941)
Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Published by Osiris Visions Ltd.

Described by Nigel Waymouth as 'the darkest poster we ever produced', this depicts a vision of hell. Showing creatures of the underworld as well as Walt Disney characters, they are used to represent a junky and anger. Arthur Brown's most popular single was called 'Fire' which describes the fires of hell. The shapes in the design recall his dramatic performance with flapping cloak and the climax when he would set his metal helmet alight."

Text by Julia Bigham []





Subjects depicted

Bands; Concerts; Music; Sixties; Posters


Prints; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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