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Walter Sadler

Married

Married by Walter Sadler

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Sadler specialised in genre painting, usually costume pieces set in the eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries with humorous or sentimental themes. The body language in Married, the symbolic elements such as the blocked garden entrance behind the couple and the tortoise who is lumbering away to hibernate, all suggest that the initial warmth of love has waned on the husband's part. Contemporary Victorian tenets dictated that the young wife remain the 'angel of the hearth', even if the coals of love no longer burned as strongly.

Title
Married
Artist/creator
Production date
1896
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1276 x 971 mm
Inscription
W. Dendy Sadler (l.r.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1913/4
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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