JOHN VARLEY

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This view of the River Colwyn is taken from the west, looking towards Moel Hebog, in the distance. Varley visited Beddgelert on a tour of North Wales with George Arnold in 1798/9, and after that date made a number of idealised views of the bridge. A larger version was sold at Christies in November 1993 for £5,980. This what one collector described as an exquisite "sublime" work, and a little gem.
Varley is one of the most important figures in English Watercolour history, whose character and influence left a lasting mark on the watercolour school. He became a drawing master following a brief period as assistant to J.C.Barrow. Varley first exhibited at the RA in 1798, and was part of the Monro circle by 1800. He was a founder member of the O.W.S. in 1804, and taught many leading artists including Cox, Linnell and Turner of Oxford.
In his later years his work became less topographical and more compositional, and he was always experimenting with the medium of watercolour.

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JOHN VARLEY O.W.S. (1778-1842)
A sheet of four studies of a choirboy
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Martyn Gregory Gallery
JOHN VARLEY O.W.S. (1778-1842)
Cader Idris, North Wales
Signed and dated ‘J. Varley. 1814.’ Pencil and watercolour
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Julia Korner Fine Art
JOHN VARLEY O.W.S. (1778-1842)
Italian Scene – Composition
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Guy Peppiatt Fine Art Ltd
JOHN VARLEY O.W.S. (1778-1842)
Lambeth
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...
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Martyn Gregory Gallery
JOHN VARLEY O.W.S. (1778-1842)
Snowdonia
Watercolour
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Julia Korner Fine Art
JOHN VARLEY O.W.S. (1778-1842)
The Thames with Windsor Castle in the distance Signed Watercolour over pencil Pr...
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John Spink Fine Watercolours