Richard Dadd The Child’s Problem 1857

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Artist
Richard Dadd 1817–1886
Title
The Child’s Problem
Date 1857
Medium Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 171 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Dr R.C. Neville 1954
Reference
N06251
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The title of this work refers to a position on the chess board which was considered simple enough to have been set by a child. The theme of the opposition of black and white is picked up in the pictures on the wall which relate to the anti-slavery movement, a cause supported by Dadd’s family. On the table are delicate still-life objects, such as the walnut shell boat to the left, which may or may not have significance.

May 2007

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