Self portrait

Artist: Richard Dadd

Engraver: Drawn and etched by Dadd



5 7/8 x 4 ½ inches

An early self-portrait of Dadd, showing him as a youthful figure, as yet unaffected (we might speculate) by mental illness. The image forms a sharp contrast to later photographic representations, where the artist is dubbed ‘Mad Dadd’ and displayed as a freak. A version of this image is held in the Dadd Archive of the Bethlem Royal Hospital London; the version shown here is reproduced with permission of the National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

Formatting by Simon Cooke

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