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If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item s button. Danny is attempting to commit suicide while somehow concocting this narrative at the same time. So the frame of reference is preposterous. Nevertheless, it's an interesting read for anyone who is obsessed with Dadd's painting! And it's hard not to be, once you've seen it. View 1 comment. May 03, Jennifer rated it liked it Recommends it for: people who liked House of Leaves.

I ordered this book because Neil Gaiman posted the introduction he wrote for this book in his blog, and I was intrigued.

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There are hardcover and paperback copies. I bought the hardcover version. It's a little book, at around pages long, it is more of a short story than even a novella. Just from a collecter's item viewpoint, it is a neat thing to own. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was thinki I ordered this book because Neil Gaiman posted the introduction he wrote for this book in his blog, and I was intrigued. I was thinking it would be more of a traditional fantasy story.

It is about a troubled prodigy named Danny.

He has not lived up to his early promise and he has a raging drug problem. His relationship with his mother is a huge part of the story. After an overdose as an adult, he begins to obsessively search for meaning in the painting, and begins to think that perhaps it is a doorway to a hidden world. It's an interesting read, Danny is not what I would call a reliable narrator, so in the end you are left wondering how much is in his head and how much is real.

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Dadd was commanded to kill his father or the demon who it appeared to him had taken his place and did so with efficiency in the summer of , not long after returning from his tour.

  • Description:.
  • The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke.
  • Elimination of a Picture & its Subject—called The Fellers' Master Stroke.

After an equally well planned escape to France, the artist was eventually admitted to the Criminal Lunatic department of Bethlem Hospital in Lambeth now the Imperial War Museum and it was here that he painted the Fairy Feller. Photograph by Henry Hering ca. Having received the commission for a new fairy painting from Haydon, however, Dadd says inspiration failed to materialise. He took the idea of spiritual inspiration very literally, seeing indeed the work of spirits in all human endeavour.

Individuals and entire cultures may aspire to noble achievements, but the help or hindrance of the spirit world was what counted and its genii were not inclined to submit themselves to human service for long. The characters of the Fairy Feller are mainly arranged in pairs and clusters.

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On either side of the Patriarch are pairs of maids and gallants, all showing an exaggeratedly gendered leg. Above the Patriarch are Oberon and Titania — rival monarchs to Mab who waits for her new chariot just below them to the left. She is, as Mercutio had described her, microscopic and yet painted by Dadd with an entirely convincing series of miniaturised impressionist touches. In the upper-left of the painting strange creatures summon further witnesses to the great moment of the splitting of the nut, and then Dadd offers — in the sequence of seven figures along the top of the picture — a version of the counting rhyme whereby boys allowed fate to choose them a profession, or girls a husband: soldier, sailor, tinker, tailor, ploughboy, apothecary, thief.

It was presented to the Gallery by the then elderly poet Siegfried Sassoon, who had himself been given it by his mother-in-law, the daughter of the vastly wealthy connoisseur Alfred Morrison whose encyclopaedic collections included several Dadds. Sassoon of course had yet further personal reason for taking an interest in Dadd, having himself been a patient at Craiglockhart outside Edinburgh which functioned during the War as a hospital for shell-shocked officers.

This was the period during which a new intellectual consensus was fomenting against the inherited system of nineteenth-century asylums, a consensus embracing everyone from the radical historian of psychiatry Michel Foucault to Enoch Powell, then British Secretary of State for Health.

Dadd, having been more or less if never completely forgotten since the onset of his illness, now appeared something of a hero — a brave survivor of a vicious system which so went the new story locked away all those with whom the Victorians could not cope, which was to say many. But also in there appeared the results of a more sober, academic approach to Dadd.

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At least, only the slightest amount of new research was published on the artist for decades after There seemed nowhere he might confidently be placed in the history of either art or psychiatry. Once the ghost is raised from obscurity, where can we lay it down again? Nicholas Tromans teaches at Kingston University, London. He recommends to PDR readers this blog about the history of psychiatry — maintained by Bethlem Hospital. The first thorough monograph on this much neglected Victorian virtuoso.

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Alongside its color plates, critical essays overturn several myths about Dadd revealing, for example, that his jailers were generous and often acted as his patrons rather than as his oppressors and trace the critical reception of his now widely admired art.