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William Sadler II
1782-1839
VIEW OF THE DEPUTY MASTER'S HOUSE AT KILMAINHAM HOSPITAL

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Christie's, London, 19 May 2000, lot 108

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Three generations of the Irish Sadler family were painters, including William Sadler II, who should not be confused with his father of the same name (an historical and portrait painter) or his comparatively less accomplished son, who also painted in his father’s style, from Dublin. As with this example, William Sadler II often painted small works on mahogany panels; often local scenes in and around Dublin, several of which are in the National Gallery of Ireland collection.1 They include revealingly painted detailed small figures, adding scale to his narrative, and insights into clothing and material culture. As such his work is of value to the social historian, although he was also known to copy old masters. Larger more dramatic works, some on canvas, include The Departure of George IV from Kingstown, The Battle of Waterloo and the equally elaborate The Battle of the Boyne with Boyne House in the Distance (all in private collections).2 His work was usually unsigned, but close observation shows his dry painting technique, often incorporating small raised dots of impasto, highlighting features such as foliage.

The artist shows a view looking north, centred on where the deputy master of Kilmainham Royal Hospital lived. With its extraordinarily tall chimneys and front door beneath a lamp, the eye is then drawn to the massively tall obelisk; the ‘Wellington Testimonial’, only visible after 1820. This survives in Phoenix Park, across the river Liffey. Sadler incorporates more detail on the domestic house, than on the East window of the hospital chapel, which balances his composition to the left. Part of the hospital’s north range, this chapel window’s ‘round head springs from eaves level and is crowned by a startling curvilinear archivolt-like hood-moulding, boldly breaking the order and rhythm of the East front.’3 The Gothic sandstone tracery contains stained glass, within a complexity of quatrefoils and daggers. Detail and narrative is further added by Sadler’s well-dressed walkers, and soldiers, one on a dramatically rearing horse, who guard the premises.  

Dr Claudia Kinmonth MRIA

1 Homan Potterton, introduced, National Gallery of Ireland Illustrated Summary Catalogue of Paintings (Gill and MacMillan, 1981), pp. 291-92.

2 Brendan Rooney in A. Carpenter, N. Figgis, M. Arnold, N. Butler & E. Mayes eds., Art & Architecture of Ireland, vol.II, Painting 1600-1900 (Royal Irish Academy, 2015), figs. 452-3, pp.443-45.

3 Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland Dublin (Yale University Press, 2005), pp. 676-77.

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