Philip Sadee is best known for his beach and dune scenes, painted in a style characterized by clear colours and precise, accurate brushstrokes. Sadee studied with J.E.J. van den Berg, and then began his career as a painter of historical and biblical subjects. Around 1865, he turned his attention to genre scenes and subjects taken from daily life, particularly from the world of fishing. Sadee studied for six months with Drusseldorf genre painter Albert Kindler, whose colourful, finished style clearly influenced the young painter's work.
Sadee's interest in fishing life was aroused after a stay at the fishing village of Scheveningen. He would return there regularly, particularly in the autumn when there was plenty of activity on the beaches and the skies were displaying the grayish tones that soon became characteristic of Hague School painting. Sadee elaborated the many studies he made on the spot into finished paintings. His contribution to the popular fishing-genre was completely original, as Gram recognized in a 1898 article on the painter. 'He depicts the life of the fisherman in his own way and leaves his own personal mark on his art'.
Philip Sadee was a member of Arti e Amicitiae in Amsterdam, and was a professor at the Fine Art Academy in The Hague.