The portrait of an unknown sitter is a rare example of a fully worked up portrait drawn from a living sitter.
Portrait of John McDonald by Richard Dadd, c. 1874
© Bethlem Museum of the Mind
- Watercolour on paper
- 39 x 25.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £21,000 ( Total: £28,000)
- Acquired in:
- Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries
It dates from the period of Dadd's confinement in Bethlem or Broadmoor hospital. The portrait demonstrates the artist's exceptional use of stippling with the point of the brush, a technique more common in miniaturist's work.
Recently discovered before 1994 by sitter's grandson; private collector; Davis & Langdale Company, New York; Peter Nahum, Leicester Galleries.
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