John Anster Fitzgerald (British, 1819-1906)
Fairies in a Bird’s Nest, 1860. Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
John Anster Fitzgerald was a reclusive, self-taught artist. His fairy paintings create surreal, hallucinatory landscapes and characters. Some of his titles, such as The Pipe Dreamer, suggest a connection with opium. His last painting was for Alice in Wonderland in 1902.