The Nightmare illustration by Ed Clews

The Nightmare illustration (after Henry Fuseli)

After doing my Nigel Farage having a wrong’un illustration, I thought I’d have a crack at another nightmarish image. This one is based on the oil painting by Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli featuring a goblin sat ontop of a lady in bed, with a mad horse having a cackle in the background.

Erasmus Darwin wrote a short poem about it:

So on his Nightmare through the evening fog Flits the squab Fiend o’er fen, and lake, and bog; Seeks some love-wilder’d maid with sleep oppress’d, Alights, and grinning sits upon her breast.

Brian Sewell said of this version:

“She looks like shes having a right melt.”

You can’t argue with that.

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