Richard Dadd, the Fairy Feller & the Mischievous Sprite
A Talk by Dr Amanda Draper – Curator of Art & Exhibitions at  Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Of all the eccentric Victorian fairy painters, Richard Dadd is the most notorious, with a life blighted by murder, insanity and incarceration. To mark The Atkinson’s display of Dadd’s painting Puck we explore the life and work of this troubled artist, and the story behind the mischievous sprite who causes havoc in Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Puck is on loan from the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in Preston.

Dr Amanda Draper is a specialist in Victorian visual culture and led on the acquisition of Puck for the Harris in 2011 during her role there as Keeper of Fine Art. She is currently Curator of Art & Exhibitions for the Victoria Gallery & Museum in Liverpool.

This event takes place in the galleries and has limited capacity. First come first served. 

Object of the Month

The Object of the Month lunchtime talks take place on the second Wednesday of every month and highlight different objects from our fine art and social history collections. Join us as we discover the hidden histories of items across our collections, from painting, print and sculpture to craft, costume and ceramics. The programme is delivered by Museum and Gallery staff as well as a wide range of outside expert speakers.

Object of the Month talks are freeDonations to The Atkinson Development Trust are welcomed.

See the full talks programme here.

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