The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

For all these years that I’ve been a fan of the rock band Queen, and Queen II (1974) is one of my favourite albums of theirs, I had no idea that the song “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” was actually describing a painting by English artist Richard Dadd.

The painting took Dadd nine years to complete, from 1855–1864, and is only 54 x 39.5 cm in size. You can read more about the history of The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke on Wikipedia.

This video shows us Freddie Mercury’s guided tour through the painting.

The next time I’m in London I must go look for it in the Tate Britain collection.

Laibach watercolour

 

laibach-watercolour

The next album I’m reviewing on my 195 metal CDs project is by the Slovenian and former Yugoslav avant-garde / industrial group Laibach, a live album called Volk Tour London CC Club (2007).

I’ve listened to it now a couple of times and while I’m still not entirely convinced by the album, I do rather like this piece of artwork on the inside of the discpak cardboard packaging.

What is it of, though?