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Cornelius Varley, 1781–1873

Harlech Castle

ca. 1803
Materials & Techniques:
Brown wash, brown gouache, graphite, and pen and brown ink on thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 10 1/8 x 14 7/8 inches (25.7 x 37.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | bank | bridge (built work) | castle | hill | houses | landscape | stream | trees
Associated Places:
Cymru | Europe | Harlech Castle | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

In this work, the foreground trees and the background castle differ in style and medium. The windblown trees are wild and lush, with strokes that vary in fluidity and thickness, while the castle evokes precision and control. An optical device like a camera obscura may have been used to delineate it accurately, while the foreground may have been composed from memory, or as an expressive on-site reaction to frame the castle ruins; it is unclear which elements Varley executed on-site versus in a studio.

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]

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

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