SADLER, Robert

1909 - 2001

Robert Sadler

William Robert Sadler was born at Falmouth House, Newmarket, Suffolk on 20 February 1909, second son of Harry William Sadler (1876-27 April 1926), a racehorse trainer, and his wife Ada Lane (13 April 1877-28 June 1963), eldest daughter of late John Thomas Lane of Cambridge, who married at St Mary's Church, Newmarket on 5 March 1906. In 1911, Robert as he was known, was a 2-year-old, living at Falmouth House, Exning, Newmarket, with his parents, Harry William 35 and Ada 34, with sibling brother Harry John 4, also born at Newmarket, they retained five indoor servants. Robert was educated at a boarding school Eastbourne College, from there he went on to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge to read Mechanical Engineering. At Cambridge he joined the University Air Squadron, where he learned to fly and in 1930 was commissioned into the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Group Captain in 1954. He married at Trumpington, Cambridgeshire on 20 February 1935, Madeleine Hannah Leach (1905-7 January 2011), widow of Felix Leach, jun. a Newmarket trainer. On his retirement from the R.A.F. he took up painting and attended Heatherley School of Fine Art, the Corcoran Gallery School, Washington, USA and the Cambridge Technical College. A member of the Winchester Art Society and the Cambridge Society of Painters & Sculptors, had mixed shows at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour 1955; John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool 1957; Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, Belfast 1962 and the New English Art Club Centenary Exhibition 1986. He also exhibited at Trafford and Ackermann's Galleries; New Vision Centre; Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, Essex and elsewhere in the provinces and in France. William Robert Sadler lived at 39 The Terrace, Aldeburgh, Suffolk where he died on 21 August 2001. On his death his archive of paintings passed to his son Robin Sadler who holds exhibitions of his father's works at The Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh; RePlus New, Woodbridge and at Hugh Pilkington's The Edge Gallery, near Orford, all in Suffolk.

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