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Ricketts painted a number of pictures inspired by the story of Don Juan based on Mozart’s opera, Bernard Shaw’s play Don Juan in Hell and the epic poem by Byron.

Driven by his passions, Don Juan was described by Ricketts as ‘a profoundly significant figure, a kind of saint. Derider of all attempts to justify God’s way to man, the Don accepted the baseness of men, women, and institutions, and glorified in the power it gave him’.

February 2004