"The New Will" after Walter Dendy Sadler
"The New Will", c. 1890, Walter Dendy Sadler
Walter Dendy Sadler (1854-1923) was a brilliant English painter of the 19th century. He was trained from the age of sixteen in art, studying both in London, England and in Germany. During his lifetime, he was a well-regarded member of the Royal Academy and exhibited his works there. Today, the artist's works are displayed in museums all across England.
Sadler's paintings could easily be categorized as "historical genre" paintings as they focused on fictionalized characters from centuries past - typically the elite or those of the church, such as monks - as they partook in everyday activities, such as dinner or a fishing trip. While the works are admired for their rich colors, exquisite detail, and accuracy of the clothing and settings, Sadler's greatest skill was in the humor and personality that he imbued in the faces of his figures.
In "The New Will", a steel engraving made during his lifetime after one of his paintings, a couple sits in a lawyer's office to write up yet another will. The husband's face is bright and hilariously expressive, an example of Sadler's comic gift, and even the room they are in is detailed with cluttered papers, paintings on the wall, a busy mantle and plush Oriental rug, as is typical of the artist's work.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 16.25" x 20.5"
Sheet size: 19" x 23.25"
Condition: Age toning and some tears along the bottom edge below text, but otherwise in very good condition