A tranquil and peaceful watercolor on paper depicting a landscape with a fortress by English artist John Varley. Circa early 1800s. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, ""Varley's landscapes are graceful and solemn in feeling, and simple and broad in treatment, being worked with a full brush and pure fresh transparent tints, usually without any admixture of body-colour. Though his works are rather mannered and conventional, they are well considered and excellent in composition. Some of his earlier water-colours, including his ""Views of the Thames,"" were painted upon the spot, and possess greater individuality than his later productions, which are mainly compositions of mountain and lake scenery, produced without direct reference to nature."" An opportunity to own an antique watercolor a well-known English watercolorist. From a private collection. Original gallery tag on verso from Squire Gallery. Dimensions: 14”h x 15.25”w x 1”d (framed). In good vintage condition.
John Varley (1778-1842) was an English watercolor painter and astrologer, and a close friend of William Blake. They collaborated in 1819–1820 on the book Visionary Heads, written by Varley and illustrated by Blake. He was the elder brother of a family of artists: Cornelius Varley, William Fleetwood Varley, and Elizabeth, who married the painter, William Mulready. Varley exhibited more than 700 works at the “Old Watercolour Society” of which he was one of the founders. He also became a highly successful drawing master, his pupils including Copley Fielding, David Cox, John Linnell and William Turner (artist) of Oxford. |
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