1. Richard Dadd — Elimination of a Picture & its Subject—called The Fellers' Master Stroke


The English painter Richard Dadd is perhaps better known these days for murdering his... dad. Convinced he was the Devil, Richard stabbed him with a knife, then fled to France, where he was soon captured. Parricide is, it turns out, a good career move if you can find an enlightened doctor at a handsome hospital: art supplies, your own small studio... At Bethlem and then Broadmoor, Dadd painted the fairy paintings for which he is best known, including his masterpiece, now in the Tate, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, over which he labored for nine years. For reasons unknown, Dadd decided in 1865 to write a poem explaining his masterpiece. Hiding Press is proud to publish, for the first time anywhere, 155 years after its composition, Elimination of a Picture & its Subject–called the Feller's Master Stroke.

About the author

Richard Dadd was an English painter of the Victorian era. He was born in Chatham, Kent in 1817. In 1843 he murdered his father and was committed to Bethlem psychiatric hospital. He conducted the majority of his work there and at Broadmoor hospital. He died in 1886.


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