Richard Dadd

1817-1886 England/Genre

 

Brief Biography-Richard Dadd from the town of Chatham was the son of a chemist who moved to London to deal in art. In London Richard entered the schools of the Royal Academy. He achieved considerable success with his genre paintings in 1838. Some of his most noted works in this period were a series of one hundred pictures regarding Byron’s ‘Manfred’ and Tasso’s ‘Jerusalem Delivered’. In 1842 he left London with Sir Thomas Philips for Egypt. Tragically whilst in Egypt it was suspected he suffered from sunstroke and became mentally unstable. When he returned to England in 1843 he continued to paint until he murdered his father due to a fit of paranoia in Cobham Park, Surrey. He fled to France and when he attacked a traveller in Fontainebleau he was caught and deported. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in Bethlehem Hospital. In confinement, he was encouraged to paint and it was there he produced some of his most well-known paintings. He died in Broadmoor Hospital in 1886 where several of his works still hang

 

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augustus egg

augustus egg

caravanserai at
mylasa

caravanserai at mylasa

come unto these
yellow sands

come unto these yellow sands

contradiction, oberon
and titania

contradiction oberon and titania

fish market by
the sea

fish market by the sea

hamlet and his
mother

hamlet and his mother the closet scene

mercy, david spareth
saul's life

mercy, david spareth saul's life


negation

negation

the fairy seller's
master stroke

the fairy seller's master stroke

the flight out of
egypt

the flight out of egypt

the infant
aesculapius

the infant aesculapius discovered by shepherds on a mountain


titania sleeping

titania sleeping


wandering musicians

wandering musicians