My children bought me David Hockney's 'The History of Pictures' several years ago for Christmas. While I was teaching I only had time to dip into it but during lockdown I managed to read the whole tome.
It was fascinating to see how, during the Medieval period, stories were told in a series of images all in the same picture. This carried on in Renaissance times and right through to strip cartoons of the 20th century, though these were often divided up in a more formal way.
I have used this device in my painting 'Who Stole The Toothpaste?' where Toad is seen three times but all on the same canvas. You can see it on the NEWS AND REVIEWS page on my website - www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk