Richard Dadd

The Pilot Boat

1858–9

Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 283 x 451 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1930
Reference
N04502

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Dadd had an obsession with boats, probably relating to his upbringing in the maritime town of Chatham in Kent. His paternal grandfather spent sixty years of his life working as a timber master in Chatham dockyard. As a youth, Richard Dadd made studies of the River Medway and its shipping which served as the basis for later compositions. During his confinement he produced a number of exquisite studies of boats, all of which were drawn from memory.

Gallery label, May 2007

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