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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    John Varley, O.W.S. (1778-1842)

    Knaresborough Castle, Yorkshire

    Price Realised  


    John Varley, O.W.S. (1778-1842)
    Knaresborough Castle, Yorkshire
    signed and dated 'J. Varley/1816' (lower right)
    pencil and watercolour, on oatmeal paper
    11 1/8 x 14 3/8 in. (28.3 x 36.6 cm.)

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    Varley painted an earlier version of the present watercolour from the same view-point during his 1803 tour of Yorkshire and Northumberland, which was in the L.G. Duke Collection (see I. Williams, Early English Watercolours, London, 1970, p. 225, pl. 360). This tour, in addition to his travels in North Wales, provided Varley with a great deal of material for his subsequent career. The soft grey palate used in this and the earlier version is reminiscent of Thomas Girtin, who influenced the young artist during this period when they were both attending the sketching evenings at Dr Thomas Monro's Academy.

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    with Leverton and Sons, Norwich.
    with Spink, London.