Spartacus Chetwynd - Under the Influence London Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Herald St, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Saatchi Gallery, Newspeak: British Art Now, 30 May - 17 Oct 2010
    Adelaide, Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide, Newspeak: British Art Now, 30 July-23 Octobter 2011
    Bournemouth, Russell-Cotes, Angels, Faeries & Femmes Fatales: Dadd to Discworld, 11 October 2013- 9 March 2014

  • Literature

    Newspeak, British Art Now: Saatchi Gallery, pg 61, published by Booth - Clibborn Editions, 2010
    Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide, British Art Now, pg 83, published by art Gallery of South Australia, 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Fairy Feller is an enlarged hand-tinted and gold-leafed photocopy of Richard Dadd’s most famous painting. Epitomising the Victorian fervour for the supernatural and occult, Dadd’s canvas shows a fantastical narrative that draws from mythology and literature. Its obsessive detail is often attributed to Dadd’s psychopathy: the painting, made during his long incarceration at Bethlem Hospital, took 9 years to complete. Spartacus Chetwynd appropriated this image to use as a prop in a performance that celebrated radical British visionaries such as William Blake and Mary Wollstonecraft. In the performance, nymphs burst from the painting and danced to music from The Seventh Seal, an Ingmar Bergman film which takes its name from the biblical prophecy of The Final Judgement.


The Fairy Feller

paper, paint, papier-mâché, glue and Dutch metal
200 x 150 x 20 cm (78 3/4 x 59 x 7 7/8 in.)

£6,000 - 8,000 ♠ †

Sold for £6,250

Contact Specialist
Tamila Kerimova
Head of Under the Influence
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Under the Influence

London Auction 10 December 2014 2pm