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Richard Dadd, 1817–1886
Fish Market by the Sea
ca. 1860
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 49 1/2 inches (100.3 x 125.7 cm)

Inscribed in lower left: "Bethlem Hospital"

Signed in lower left: "Richard Dadd"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
basket | boats | bowl | children | costume | fishermen (people) | fishing boats | genre subject | hooks | houses | market (event) | men | sailboats | sand | sea | shells | spear | village | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Along with Augustus Egg (whose work is shown nearby), Richard Dadd began his career as a member of “The Clique,” a short-lived group of like-minded artists who stood in opposition to the Royal Academy. But in 1843, Dadd brutally murdered his father and was deemed criminally insane. Confined in mental institutions for the rest of his life, he continued painting and produced some of his finest works while incarcerated. Fish Market by the Sea, one of his largest paintings, was made while he was an inmate of Bethlem Hospital in London and represents a fishing village near Edinburgh. Dadd may never have visited Newhaven and instead based the women in the foreground on early calotype photographs by the Scottish photographers David Octavius Hill (1802–1870) and Robert Adamson (1821–1848).

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Imaginative Geographies (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-02-01 - 2006-08-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 76-77, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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