Genre painter; born 12 May 1854, in Dorking, Surrey; his brothers George and Thomas and sister Kate also became artists. Trained at Heatherley’s in London and with Burfield and Wilhelm Simmler in Dusseldorf, Germany 1871–5; exhibited at Dudley Gallery from 1872 and at Royal Academy 1873–1914; success with a scene of friars fishing in 1875 led to a sequence of typically humorous and well-studied figure groups, including Thursday
(1880; Tate) and Friday
(1882; NM Liverpool); other hunting, feasting and domestic scenes of ‘olden days’ were reproduced as popular prints; member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and St John’s Wood Art Club; moved to Hemmingford Grey, Huntingdonshire 1897, where he died 13 November 1923. Dr Jan Marsh
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Stephens, F.G., ‘Walter Dendy Sadler: Humorist and Genre Painter’, Art Journal
, 1895, pp.193–9.
Woodruffe, W.L., ‘W. Dendy Sadler’, Magazine of Art
, 1896, pp.265–73.