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

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

Knaresborough Castle, Yorkshire

signed and dated 'J.VARLEY 1804' and signed, inscribed as title and dated 'View of Knaresborough Castle, Yorkshire/J. Varley, 1803' on the reverse of the mount; watercolour heightened with gum arabic and scratching out
15 3/4 x 25 1/8in. (400 x 638mm.)
London, Old Water Colour Society, 1805, no.96

Lot Essay

This early watercolour shows the influence of Varley's mentor, Thomas Girtin. Varley studied at Dr Thomas Monro's 'academy' from circa 1800 and joined the Sketching Club in 1802. In 1804, the date of this watercolour, he was a founder member of the Old Water Colour Society

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