William Sadler (painter)

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The Battle of Waterloo, Oil on canvas in its original plaster frame, 32 x 69½ in, 81 x 177 cm

William Sadler II (c.1782 – 1839) was an Irish painter. He was a noted landscape painter who is remembered today for his depiction of the Battle of Waterloo.

Personal life[edit]

William Sadler II was the son of the portrait painter and engraver William Sadler. Two of his sons became painters, the eldest being William Sadler III. (The numbers after each name are merely used to distinguish one from another).

Sadler lived at a number of different addresses before settling in Manders' Building, Ranelagh, where he died in December 1839.


Sadler, who grew up in Dublin, exhibited his paintings between 1809 and 1821 in the city. In 1828 and 1833 he exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Sadler also taught painting and one of his pupils was James Arthur O'Connor.

Sadler was greatly influenced by Dutch genre painting.

List of paintings[edit]

  • A View of the Salmon Leap, Leixlip, c. 1810 – Oil on panel; National Gallery of Ireland.
  • Donnybrook Fair, c. 1839 – Oil on panel; Collection of Brian P. Burns.


  • Hutchinson, John. James Arthur O'Connor. Dublin: The National Gallery of Ireland, 1985. ISBN 0-903162-28-8.

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