Richard Dadd - Suffolk Street, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.530 W 000° 07.859
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Quick Description: This Greater London Council blue plaque, to the painter Richard Dadd, is attached to a building on the north east side of Suffolk Street.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/7/2014 10:38:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMM80W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:

The GLC blue plaque tells us:

Greater London Council

1817 - 1886
lived here

The Art Magick website tells us about Richard Dadd:

Richard Dadd is remembered today for the mysterious and magical fairy paintings produced after his tumultuous descent into the realms of madness and insanity.

Richard Dadd's early paintings were of landscape, marine and animal subjects. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1837 and became a founder member of a group of artists known as 'The Clique'.

In 1842 Dadd travelled to the Middle East with his patron, Sir Thomas Phillips. The exhilaration of the journey was such that Dadd already doubted his own sanity on his return to London. He entered the competition for the decoration of the Houses of Parliament, but after his design was rejected his mental health deteriorated, resulting in the murder of his father in August 1843.

Dadd fled to France but was arrested and admitted to Bethlem Hospital. His schizophrenia was recognised and he was extremely fortunate in being attended by sympathetic doctors who encouraged him to paint. Isolated from the world outside and from new developments in art, he fell back upon the themes of his sane period, historical and literary subjects, portraits and fairies.

Dadd's most extraordinary achievement is the enigmatic The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke (1855-64), a hallucinatory vision of fantastic creatures, seen as if with a magnifying glass through a delicate network of grasses and flowers. All are watching the fairy woodman (or 'feller') aiming his axe at a hazelnut, a moment pregnant with never-to-be-explained significance.

Dadd spent the last 22 years of his life at Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane where he died in 1886.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Greater London Council

Individual Recognized: Richard Dadd

Physical Address:
15 Suffolk Street
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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