Richard Dadd

English
Richard Dadd Sir Alexander Morison, 1779 - 1866. Alienist 1852

Biography

Born 1819
Died 1887
Nationality English
Birth place Chatham
Death place Berkshire

Born in Kent, Richard Dadd went on to study at the Royal Academy Schools, London. During a ten-month long trip around Europe and the Middle East with Welsh lawyer, Thomas Phillips, his mental health began to deteriorate. In 1843, suffering from a form of schizophrenia, he killed his father, believing him to be the devil. Dadd fled to France and attempted a second murder before he was arrested. He spent the remainder of his life in mental institutions. Encouraged by his doctors, Dadd produced a great number of his works while at Bethlem and Broadmoor hospitals. He often depicted fantasy scenes featuring fairies, a popular theme in Britain during this time. Dadd painted in meticulous detail, his works regularly taking years to complete.