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Richard
Dadd
English
born 1817- died 1886

Nationality:
English


Biographical Information

Richard Dadd was a founder member of “The Clique,” other artists involved being Frith, Augustus Egg, and H N O’Neil. In the early 1840s, Dadd travelled to the Middle East. The myriad of unnacustomed sights and experiences of this journey changed the work of the painter, and he exhibited the first signs of the insanity that was to define the rest of his life.

Dadd’s father - it is tempting to say Dadd’s Dad - was advised to take his overwrought son for a stay in the country to calm him down. Tragically the by now insane painter, stabbed his father to death in Cobham, Surrey, then quickly left the country. Dadd intended to kill the Austrian Emperor, but stabbed a fellow passenger on a stagecoach in France, and was arrested and brought back to England. He spent the rest of his life in institutions for the insane, where he was generally well-treated and encouraged to continue to paint.

The pictures painted by Dadd are densely packed with fantastic fairy figures, and are both fascinating original works of art, and a record of his schizophrenia. Artists in many fields often pay a high price for their creativity, and their legacy to their public. Richard Dadd, perhaps, paid a higher price than anyone else.

  • Source: http://www.victorianartinbritain.co.uk/

  • The Fairy Feller's Master­Stroke

    1855-1864
    Oil on canvas
    54 x 39.4 cm
    (21.26" x 15.51")
    Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

    Added: 2003-01-21
    A Hermit

    Oil on canvas
    Public collection

    John Lovelady
    Added: 2005-08-20
    A Hermit
    Evening

    Oil on canvas
    Public collection

    John Lovelady
    Added: 2005-08-20
    Evening
    Tombs Of The Khalifs, Cairo

    1843
    Watercolour
    24.13 x 36.83 cm
    (9½" x 14½")
    Private collection

    Added: 2004-09-07
    Tombs Of The Khalifs, Cairo
    The Diadonus

    1862
    Oil on board
    20 x 53.5 cm
    (7.87" x 21.06")
    Private collection

    Added: 2004-11-02
    The Diadonus
    Puck

    -1841
    Oil On Canvas
    59.2 x 59.2 cm
    (23.31" x 23.31")
    Private collection

    Added: 2010-04-10