Mercy: David Spareth Saul's Life
Richard Dadd (1817-86)
Oil on canvas
61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
J. Paul Getty Museum Collection
This painting with its Old Testament subject from the First Book of Samuel has no hint of the mental disturbance that appears in such hallucinatory works as Dadd's watercolor sketch for Crazy Jane, or the more famous Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke [continued below].
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Image made available under Getty's Open Content Program
Commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.