Sketch for an Idea of Crazy Jane

Sketch for an Idea of Crazy Jane

Richard Dadd (1817-86)


Watercolour on paper

35.5 X 25.4 cms

©Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust

In the upper left-hand corner of this painting, after the title, come the words: "by Richard Dadd. Bethlehem Hospital. London September 6th 1855." David Greysmith rightly describes the work as "haunting and tragic," and as showing Dadd's "strong sense of design." He adds: "The figure cut off in the frame and the long meandering diagonals give the feeling of lightness and grace to this curious, lumpy and ill-proportioned woman" (86). [Cont. below]

Photograph reproduced by kind permission of the Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust.

Commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee