William Sadler, Landscape Painter

(b. about 1782, d. 1839)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Born about 1782, he practised in Dublin as a painter, chiefly of small views in the neighbourhood of the city. He was also fond of painting conflagrations, and did many copies of the Old Masters. His works, which are numerous, are generally of small size and painted on mahogany panels. He contributed to the various exhibitions in Dublin between 1809 and 1814, and in 1819 and 1821. He also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1828 and 1833. He taught painting, and J. A. O'Connor (q.v.) received his first lessons from him. In April, 1838, C. Bennett, auctioneer, sold by Sadler's instructions "the entire of his last year's paintings," including copies of Old Masters, an "Eruption of Mount Vesuvius," "Burning of the Royal Exchange," "Wreck of the Killarney," "Burning of the Arcade in College Green," and a number of small views near Dublin.

Sadler lived at various addresses, finally settling in Manders' Buildings, Ranelagh, where he died on 19th December, 1839, aged 57.

By his wife Caroline he had, besides other children, two sons, 1st, WILLIAM SADLER, born in 1808, who went to America as a young man, made some money, and returned to Dublin. He painted subjects similar to his father, and also did some indifferent caricatures; 2nd, RUPERT SADLER, born in 1810, who exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1829 "A Fisherman's Wedding," and had at one time a shop at the corner of Liffey Street, opposite the Metal Bridge, where he carried on business as a picture-cleaner; he was afterwards at 130 Upper Abbey Street, and died there suddenly on 5th September, 1892, and was buried at Mount Jerome.

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