At the blog: Frontier Psychiatrist an extensive interview with Nicholas Tromans, a Senior Lecturer at London’s Kingston University. He is the author of Richard Dadd: the Artist and the Asylum. Nice interview.
Richard Dadd (1 August 1817 – 7 January 1886) was an English painter of the Victorian era. Following a long tour of the Middle East in the early 1840s he succumbed to a schizophrenia-type illness, following which he murdered his father and fled to France where he attacked another traveller. After his return to England he spent over forty years in the Bethlem and Broadmoor, during which period most of the works for which he is best known were created.