Wednesday, 9 November 2011

the victorians - jeremy paxman (featuring richard dadd)

The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke

Richard Dadd

The Queen album with the song on

Although l have not seen the TV series of this, l enjoyed the book, and it did exactly what it said on the cover, interpreted The Victorians through the painting of that age. I am curious to know how much work Paxman actually put into the book, as l bet pretty much all of it would have been done by the researchers (he admits himself that he is just a 'keen amateur'.) Amongst the painters, Richard Dadd is probably my favourite. Lets face it, what's not to like about a man who cracks up, kills his father (thinking him to be the Devil), is then put away in a lunatic asylum (but allowed to paint (over nine years) such great works as 'The Feller's Fellows Master Stroke', (which l first discovered through the song by Queen in 1974). Mad geniuses - we need more of them (Dadds, not Paxman).

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