Richard Dadd painted his best know works while incarcerated in a mental institution. He looked straight at the sun for hours and with apparently no eye damage, and it's the sun who told him to kill the devils that were surrounding him, His condition was first mistaken for a bad sunstroke. He followed the sun's advise and killed the devil's master, his father in the spring of 1843. He then fled to France, killed again and was finally caught and sent back to England, to the Bethlem psychiatric hospital, where he stayed 20 years before being transfered to Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. He remained there till his death. During those 40 years of incarceration, he produced his best works.
1817 - 1886