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

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.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

The Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, London, BR3 3BX
020 3228 4227

Opening times

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)

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