- Richard Dadd 1817–1886
- Watercolour and graphite on paper
- Support: 283 x 451 mm
- Purchased 1930
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