John Bird recommends you go to the Richard Dadd Exhibition at Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey. It’s out of the way, but worth the trip.
‘Richard Dadd was a Victorian painter who unfortunately stabbed his father to death and ended up in Broadmoor hospital. His spectacular painting The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke is a work of genius. Watts Gallery is an absolute gem and whilst there do look at the paintings of George Frederick Watts’.
Art of Bedlam: Richard Dadd is on until November 1st 2015 at Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ
Richard Dadd. Bacchanalian Scene (1862)
Henry Hering, Portrait photograph of Richard Dadd painting Contradiction (c.1875)
Richard Dadd. Contradiction. Oberon and Titania (1854-8)
‘Ian Mckellen in Mr Holmes shows brilliance. The acting, dialogue, the whole film is strong. Go see this complete work of art. Detailed joy.’ John Bird.
Mr Holmes, Staring Ian Mckellen is in cinemas nationwide from June 19th.