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John Varley, 1778–1842

Llyn Dinas, North Wales

Watercolor, gouache, varnish and scraping out on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 4 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches (11.1 x 26.4 cm)

Inscribed on back in graphite center left: "5212"; in pen and brown ink center: "Lyndinas n wales | J. Varley 1839"

Signed in pen and gray ink lower right: "J. Varley"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
boats | clouds | fisherman | lakes | landscape | mountains | rocks (landforms) | trees
Associated Places:
Cymru | Dinas | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

John Varley was a founding member of the Old Watercolour Society and taught artists such as David Cox, John Linnell, and J. M. W. Turner, works by all of whom are included in this exhibition. He was known for his stormy temperament, which contrasted with the often placid mood evoked by the flat washes of watercolor in his landscapes. This study suggests that artists must be adaptable when working outdoors. Varley, seemingly unsatisfied with his original composition, must have wanted to include more of the scene, as his original piece of paper is pasted onto a larger one. The artist likely did not intend to exhibit this work, and may have used it as reference for future paintings.

Gallery label for the Art in Focus: Wales(Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10)

Art in Focus : Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Fairest Isle - The Appreciation of British Scenery 1750-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 1989-04-12 - 1989-06-25) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Duncan Robinson, Fairest isle : the appreciation of British scenery, 1750-1850, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1989, p. 12, no. 92, ND1354.4 F35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, p.21, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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