Friday
By W. Dendy Sadler


Friday
By W. Dendy Sadler (1854-1923)
In the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

It is safe to say that few modern artists have achieved a greater popularity with the general public than Mr. Dendy Sadler. His charming old-time pictures, whether depicting monastery life or revealing the refinement, culture and charm of bygone days, are as fresh today as when they were first painted, and whether viewed at various galleries or bought as reproductions, still continue to delight thousands who love their delicate sentiment, quite apart from their artistic merit. None of his paintings are more pleasing than his scenes of monastic life, of which the present example is a typical specimen.

The two pictures," says Mr. Sadler, "of 'Friday' and 'A Good Story' were painted so long ago that I have forgotten all about them. They have often been written about, both here and in the United States."

"Friday" shows an abbot and monks at dinner on Friday, enjoying their meal of fish in lieu of the prohibited meat. The figures to the right and left of the abbot are priests from another monastery.

Discussing this picture, Mr. Sadler says: "I can recall no reason why I tried to paint monks, but I do remember that I never had a real monk as a model. I have studied them on the Continent, also at a small monastery at Crawley, in Sussex." He continues: "The figures to the right and left of the abbot are monks of the order of St. Francis, their habits are brown; the other monks are of the order of St. Dominic, and their habits are black and white."

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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