An evocative sunset scene in which the subject is cast into shadow. Cloaked figures pass old houses on the south side of the Thames; the river can be glimpsed at the extreme right.

While a young man in his 20s, and already much in demand as a teacher, Varley would take his pupils on sketching trips beside the Thames. In the years 1816-23 he produced a number of watercolours of the old buildings, rutted tracks and dilapidated fences along both banks of the river, including the semi-rural districts of Putney, Battersea, Chelsea, and Millbank. The present view seems to be taken from a point near the site of the present-day National Theatre, looking south-west, with the towers of Westminster Abbey seen in to the left of the tree in the distance.
with Colnaghi’s, London, 1948; Michael Ingram; his sale at Sotheby’s 8 Dec. 2005; private collection
Exhibited: Ludlow Festival 1983
Height 10.50 inch (26.67 cm)
Width 15.50 inch (39.37 cm)
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Signed and dated lower right ‘J. Varley 1817’ Inscribed verso: ‘On the Surrey Side between Westminster and Blackfriars Bridge’
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