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enchantingimagery:

Puck, another painting by Richard Dadd.
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arkhangelskoye:

Titania Sleeping, Richard Dadd
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thorsteinulf:

Richard Dadd - Portrait of a Young Man (1853)
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skunkitty:

The Fairy Fellers’ Master-Stroke is a Richard Dadd painting. It was commissioned by George Henry Hayden, who was head steward at Bethlem Royal Hospital at the time. He was impressed by Dadd’s artistic efforts and asked for a fairy painting of his own. Dadd worked on the painting for nine years - paying microscopic attention to detail, as well as a layering technique producing near-3D results - and it is generally regarded as his most important work. [Wikipedia]
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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Richard Dadd, Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane, 1855
In 1843, having become convinced that his father was the Devil in disguise, Dadd killed him with a knife and fled for France. En route to Paris Dadd attempted to kill another tourist with a razor, but was overpowered and was arrested by the police. Dadd confessed to the killing of his father and was returned to England, where he was committed to the criminal department of Bethlem psychiatric hospital. In the hospital he was allowed to continue to paint and it was here that many of his masterpieces were created, including his most celebrated painting, The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke, which he worked on between 1855 and 1864.