Portrait of John McDonald by Richard Dadd

The portrait of an unknown sitter is a rare example of a fully worked up portrait drawn from a living sitter.


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.

Venue details

Bethlem Museum of the Mind The Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, BECKENHAM London BR3 3BX 020 3228 4227 www.museumofthemind.org.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Mon & Tue, pre-booked groups only

Wed–Fri and first and last Sat of the month, 10.00 - 17.00 (last entry at 16.30)