Many references from the great surrealist artist Rene Magritte(1898-1967) but still Anthony Browne's imagination and humour are unique and limitless! There is no official website by the artist unfortunately, but here's a link for the Wikipedia entry which has a comprehensive list of his books as well as links for articles and galleries with his work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Browne_(author)
I wanted to buy this book ever since I saw the above illustration published in a magazine article, around 1989, but never got the chance. I was so thrilled to discover this - very well priced - immaculate edition at a charity shop in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. I am still stunned by the depth, detail and imagination of these illustrations by the incredible Anthony Browne. I've been collecting his books for a long time now, and had fun watching my kids trying to discover the hidden characters within the illustrations and figuring out the various surreal narratives.
I have scanned some close-ups from this picture to show the level of detail this artist can produce, and to show the endless visual narratives within almost every object.