A Sure Cure for Gout
Research by Marjorie Gregson and Jacqueline Arundel
Acc. no. 152
Artist Sadler, Walter Dendy (after)
Artist dates 1854-1923
Engraver James Dobie 1849-1923
Size 33 x 48.3 cm (13 x 19 in)
Donor C R F Wilkinson
28 Devonshire Road, St Annes
Date donated 15 March 1948
Other donated works by Sadler:
Cronies - CRF Wilkinson and one presently unlocated
End of the Skein - James Turner
Toddy at the Cheshire Cheese - James Turner
Sadler was an English painter of anecdotal genre and costume pictures, well-known for his humorous scenes of life. He was born 12 May 1854 in Dorking, a market town in Surrey, England and was brought up in Horsham, West Sussex. At age 16 he decided to become a painter and enrolled for two years at Heatherly's School of Art (1870-71), subsequently studying in Düsseldorf Germany under Burfield and Wilhelm Simmler (1871–77).
He exhibited at the Dudley Gallery from 1872 and at the Royal Academy 1873-1914. His first one-man exhibition at the Lefevre Gallery was held in 1895. He lived in London until 1897, when he moved to Hemingford Grey, St Ives, Huntingdonshire, where he died 13 November 1923.
He painted contemporary people in domestic and daily life pursuits, showing them with comical expressions illustrating their greed, stupidity etc. His subjects were usually set in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries with sentimental, romantic and humorous themes. Before painting a scene he would create elaborate settings in which local villagers would often pose as models. Indeed, as he often used the same props and models, these can sometimes be seen repeated in successive paintings in different guises. The home, the inn, the lawyers office, the garden and the golf course all provided subjects for his wit and clever social observation.
A number of his paintings are in museum collections.
The engraver, James Dobie (1849-1923), was born in Edinburgh but lived around London for most of his career. He concentrated on etching landscapes and genre scenes and exhibited 41 prints at the Royal Academy between 1885 and 1911. His engravings were often signed J.D.
REFERENCES - Sadler
Tate Gallery, available on line @ http://www.tate.org.uk/
Walter Dendy Sadler paintings, BBC - Your Paintings. Retrieved 02.01.2014
R K Engen, Dictionary of Victorian Engravers, Print Publishers and Their Works (1979)
REFERENCES - Dobie
Benezit Dictionary of Graphic Artists and Illustrators Vol 1