Untitled by the artist, this painting is a gathering of experiences witnessed by Dadd while travelling in the Near East (1842–3). In a letter of 1842, Dadd revealed his elation and confusion: ‘the excitement of these scenes has been enough to turn the brain of an ordinary weak-minded person like myself, and often I have lain down at night with my imagination so full of wild vagaries that I have really and truly doubted my own sanity.’ The journey may have hastened his mental decline. On his return, believing the Egyptian Gods required a sacrifice, he murdered his father.
How to cite
Richard Dadd, The Flight out of Egypt 1849-50, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, Tate Research Publication, January 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/the-sublime/richard-dadd-the-flight-out-of-egypt-r1105541, accessed 16 January 2017.