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The velley of the Mawddach

Varley, John (draughtsman)

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The velley of the Mawddach


Varley, John (draughtsman) [ULAN info: British artist, 1778-1842]







Technique Description

black chalk and watercolour, with scratching out, on paper


height: 441 mm
width: 626 mm




given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1931 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

with Thos. Agnew & Sons


  1. signature
    Position: lower left
    Method: ink
    Content: J. Varley
    Description: blocked out
  2. date
    Position: lower left, following the above
    Method: ink
    Content: 1805
    Description: blocked out


This relatively early drawing by Varley shows an affinity with the work of Thomas Girtin in the years of contact between the two artists. In particular, the use of pale washes, thinly applied, to present the distant haze on the landscape recalls the atmospheric treatment of Scottish borders in Girtin's watercolours of c. 1802.


black chalk (medium)
watercolour (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

1607 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 14111; Input Date: 2000-10-12 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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