Display Pagerank
Welcome to Curious History - Named one of the 20 best Tumblrs by MSN. The world is filled with strange and natural wonders. You will find them here. Please consider a small donation (upper left corner)!

The Schizophrenic Murdering Artist

Richard Dadd was a young British painter of huge promise who fell into mental illness while touring the Mediterranean in the early 1840s. He spent over forty years in lunatic asylums, dying at Broadmoor in 1886. During that time he painted, producing mesmerizingly detailed watercolors and oil paintings of which The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke is now the most well known.

Among the symptoms of Dadd’s illness – which sounds today like a form of schizophrenia – were delusions of persecution and the receipt of messages from the Ancient Egyptian deity Osiris. Dadd was commanded to kill his father and did so in the summer of 1843. After an equally well planned escape to France, the artist was eventually admitted to the Criminal Lunatic department of Bethlem Hospital in Lambeth (now the Imperial War Museum) and it was here that he painted the Fairy Feller. According to the inscription on the back of the canvas it took him nine years to complete, between 1855 and 1864.

(Source: publicdomainreview.org)

  1. omnishamblesni reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  2. ontheroad-to-broadway reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  3. h-ilmary reblogged this from no-one-is-watchings
  4. no-one-is-watchings reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  5. violetmelt reblogged this from azilda
  6. azilda reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  7. savinthisstuff reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  8. littlemissmutilation reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  9. monosav reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  10. superbird reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  11. damn-it-cas-cas reblogged this from horrorpuffs
  12. horrorpuffs reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  13. loveanotherone reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  14. adentrodetumente reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  15. woaini-love reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  16. floridawalt reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  17. lbigcitydreamsl reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  18. kitnighty reblogged this from theweirdartcorner
  19. clamoribusinvanum reblogged this from theweirdartcorner
  20. mentalhealthkitten reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  21. theweirdartcorner reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  22. gatewaytotheempire reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  23. yokaiakito reblogged this from petitedeath
  24. are-my-bones-exposed reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  25. anotherperfectdayforbananfish reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  26. thekatscradle reblogged this from odditiesoflife