• a distant view of Harlech Castle, North Wales -
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    pencil on wove paper watermarked 1801/WHATMAN
    23.8 by 37.8cm., 9 1/4 by 14 3/4 inches

    This is one of a group of drawings by Varley on Whatman paper dated 1801 and of this size which Varley mainly used on his 1803 trip to North Wales (see Peter Bower, `A material pleasant to work on: Cornelius Varley's Use of Paper', essay in Cornelius Varley - The Art of Observation, Lowell Libson exhibition catalogue 2005, p.51).

    Cornelius Varley visited North Wales in 1802 with his brother John and the architect Thomas Webster and again in 1803 in the company of the artist Joshua Cristall (1767-1847). Varley also used this batch of Whatman paper on his 1802 tour but the confidence of the handling in the present works suggests a date of 1803 is likely.

    Other drawings from 1803 on the same paper include `A View from Cader Idris from the Path to Pistyll Cain', and `A View of Cader Idris' (Libson exhibtion catalogue, nos. 26 and 29).

    We are grateful to Peter Bower for his help in cataloguing this drawing

    Provenance:
    Private Collection until 2006
  • A Thames Craft -
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    Signed lower left: Thames Craft C. Varley

    Brown washes over pencil

    30.9 by 21.9 cm., 12 by 8 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, no. 27183

     

    Engraved:

    Lithographed by W. Boosey for Varley’s Drawing Book of Boats, 1847

     

    This is one of the seven drawings lithographed for Varley’s Drawing Book of Boats, published in 1847: `They are chiefly drawn by his Graphic Telescope which securing both truth of form & perspective render them admirably adapted for the studies of Youth, & from their implicit fidelity to Nature may suit the Portfolio of the Artist as a work of reference.’ For images of the lithographs, see Cornelius Varley – The Art of Observation, exhibition catalogue 2005, no.88, pp.154-157.

  • Study of Two Girls Seated, Reading a Book -
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    Pencil

    25.2 by 18.4 cm., 9 ¾ by 7 ¼ in.

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Colnaghi, Cornelius Varley, March 1973, no.9

  • Lambeth Palace from the Thames -
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    Pencil

    11.7 by 18 cm., 4 ¾ by 7 in.

     

    Provenance:

    By descent from the artist to Elizabeth Fleetwood Varley, his sale, Sotheby’s, 17th October 1962, lot 4 (part), bt. Schwab;

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, 4th July 2001, lot 241 (part)

     

    This is a view looking south down the Thames from Westminster Bridge with Lambeth Palace with its garden to the left.   

  • Brampton Park, Huntingdonshire -
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    Signed lower left: C Varley 1807 and inscribed lower right: Brampton Hunts

    Pencil

    23.5 by 35.7 cm., 9 ½ by 14 in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s South Kensington, 13th June 2002, lot 48 (part)


    Brampton Park is two miles south-west of the town of Huntingdon.  Varley visited in 1807 when the house was the property of Lady Olivia Sparrow, daughter of the 1st Earl of Gosford. For more studies taken at Brampton, see Cornelius Varley – The Art of Observation, Lowell Libson exhibition catalogue 2005, nos. 46-50.

  • Study of an Anchor -
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    Signed and dated 1807 lower left

    Pencil on buff paper

    23.4 by 35.9 cm., 9 ¼ by 14 in.

  • Study of a Beached Boat -
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    Signed lower left: C. Varley Oct 13 1827

    Pencil

    25.8 by 22.3 cm., 10 by 8 ¾ in.

  • at Brampton, Huntiingdonshire -
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    Signed lower left: Brampton Hunts C Varley 1807

    Pencil, with a sketch of a cottage verso

    27.3 by 42.3 cm., 10 ¾ by 16 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s South Kensington, 13th June 2002, lot 48 (part)


    Brampton Park is two miles south-west of the town of Huntingdon.  Varley visited in 1807 when the house was the property of Lady Olivia Sparrow, daughter of the 1st Earl of Gosford. For more studies taken at Brampton, see Cornelius Varley – The Art of Observation, Lowell Libson exhibition catalogue 2005, nos. 46-50.

  • Brampton Park, Huntingdonshire -
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    Inscribed lower left: near Huntingdon

    Pencil

    31 by 46.5 cm., 12 ¼ by 18 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s South Kensington, 13th June 2002, lot 48 (part)


    Brampton Park is two miles south-west of the town of Huntingdon.  Varley visited in 1807 when the house was the property of Lady Olivia Sparrow, daughter of the 1st Earl of Gosford. For more studies taken at Brampton, see Cornelius Varley – The Art of Observation, Lowell Libson exhibition catalogue 2005, nos. 46-50.

  • Studies of Sleeping Dogs -
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    Signed upper left: C. Varley July 7 1826 and inscribed centre right: July 7 1826

    With a study of a haycart and horse  verso

    Pencil on laid paper watermarked: SLADE/1823

    224 x 20 3 mm., 8 ¾ x 8 in.

  • At Parton Hall, Staffordshire -
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    Signed lower right: at Purton Stafford C. Varley P.G.T. 1820

    Black chalk

    258 x 375 mm., 10 x 14 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Michael Ingram

     

    Varley visited Parton Hall, Staffordshire in August 1820. A watercolour dated 9th August was exhibited at Colnaghi in 1973 (Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours by Cornelius Varley, 1973, no.98) and a drawing was with Lowell Libson in 2005 (Cornelius Varley – the Art of Observation, exhibition catalogue, no.62, p.126). The inscription `P.G.T.’ indicates the drawing was executed using Varley’s Patent Graphic Telescope, a form of camera obscura, which he invented in 1809.

  • A Norfolk Cottage -
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    Signed lower right: Norfolk CV 1801

    Watercolour over pencil

    21.9 by 30.9 cm.,  8 ½ by 12 in.

     

    Provenenance:

    With Spink-Leger, 2000;

    Private Collection, London

    Exhibited:

    London, Spink-Leger, Feeling through the eye. The 'new' Landscape in Britain 1800-1830, 14th March to 19th April 2000, no. 78

     

    This dates from Varley’s first sketching tour, to Gillingham Hall in Norfolk, with his brother John, in 1801. John has been asked to teach drawing to Harriet Schutz, the young daughter of John Bacon Schutz. Cornelius was invited `to sketch from Nature the ladies coming to sketch with me whenever they liked. This happy change was like a glorious holiday. The pure air The sence [sic] of liberty to ramble anywhere & to have the boundless works of creation open before me’ (quoted in P. & D. Colnaghi, Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours by Cornelius Varley, 1973, introduction p.2). The present drawing is an early example of his abiding interest in architecture.

     

  • Llanberis Church, North Wales -
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  • Boat by the River Wye -
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    Signed lower centre: River Wye C.V. 1803 and inscribed in another hand lower right: (C Varley)

    Pencil, with two landscape studies verso

    18.2 by 22.2 cm., 7 by 8 ¾ in.

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