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Richard Dadd (1 August 1817 – 7 January 1886) was an English painter of the Victorian era, noted for his depictions of fairies and other supernatural subjects, Orientalist scenes, and enigmatic genre scenes, rendered with obsessively minuscule detail. Most of the works for which he is best known were created while he was incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital.
Convinced that his father was the Devil in disguise, Dadd murdered him with a knife and fled for France. En route to Paris Dadd attempted to murder another tourist with a razor.
In the mental hospital he was allowed to continue to paint and it was here that many of his masterpieces were created.
Dadd probably suffered from a form of paranoid schizophrenia.
Dadd became increasingly delusional and increasingly violent, and believing himself to be under the influence of the Egyptian god Osiris.
After 20 years of painting at Bethlem Mental Hospital, Dadd was moved to the criminal lunatic asylum at Broadmoor, outside London. Here he remained, painting constantly and receiving infrequent visitors until 7 January 1886, when he died.