Victorian portrait painted at Bethlem hospital by patient to go on show
Acclaimed artist Richard Dadd spent 20 years at psychiatric hospital that is now the Bethlem Museum of the Mind
A portrait painted by an acclaimed Victorian artist while he was a long-term psychiatric patient is to return to the hospital where he spent 20 years, which is now a museum.
Richard Dadd was sent to Bethlem Royal hospital in south London, from which the derogatory term “bedlam” is derived, as a “criminal lunatic” after stabbing his father to death in 1843. He was later moved to Broadmoor, where he remained until his death in 1886.