• 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

    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 ˝ in.



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



    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.

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