Richard Sass (or Sasse), Landscape Painter

(b. 1774, d. 1849)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was elder half-brother of Henry Sass, portrait painter in London, and was born in 1774. He painted landscapes with cattle and figures, in water-colour, well drawn and with more colour than was usual in the "tinted drawings" of his day. He was in Ireland for a time and in 1810 published a series of etchings of scenery in Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere. He settled in Paris in 1825, and altered his name to "Sasse," and died there on 7th September, 1849. In the Victoria and Albert Museum are two drawings by him, "Castle on the Liffey," 1812, and "Powerscourt Waterfall," 1818. He exhibited drawings at the Royal Academy from 1791 to 1813, amongst them being the following Irish views: "The Dargle," "Mansion of H. Herbert, Lower Lake of Killarney," "Salmon Leap, fall of the Liffey"; "New Castle near Galway, Messrs. Persse and Maberley's"; "View of Galway," "Gap of Dunlo," "Ruins of Askeaton Castle," "Ronan's Island, "Upper Lake of Killarney," all in 1808; "Ross Castle," 1809; "A Smith's Shed, Adare," "Innisfallen Island," "Powerscourt Waterfall" and "Boratto Castle, near Limerick," in 1810; "Lake of Killarney with the McCuddy Rocks from the Gap of Dunlo" and "Leixlip," in 1811; and "View in the North of Ireland" in 1813. At the British Institution he exhibited a few Irish views in 1808, 1809 and 1810.

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