Sketch for an Idea of Crazy Jane

Mercy: David Spareth Saul's Life

Richard Dadd (1817-86)


Oil on canvas

61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)

J. Paul Getty Museum Collection

This painting with its Old Testament subject from the First Book of Samuel has no hint of the mental disturbance that appears in such hallucinatory works as Dadd's watercolor sketch for Crazy Jane, or the more famous Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke [continued below].

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Image made available under Getty's Open Content Program

Commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.