Richard Dadd (1817-1887)

Puck (1841)

Oil on canvas, approximately 23 X 23 inches. Private collection.

"Together with its companion piece Titania Sleeping, this was considered one of the most successful works which Dadd painted while still a student at the Academy, and both won high praise" (Allderidge, 98). The composition with Puck sitting on a toadstool originated with Sir Joshua Reynolds, who also painted a Puck for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.