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John Varley

John Varley (1778–1842)
The Harrow Road, Paddington
Watercolor and some gouache, pencil
8 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches (225 x 323 mm)
Signed and dated at lower right, in pen and brown ink, J. Varley / 1836
Purchased on the E. J. Rousuck Fund; 1991.13
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Varley had made several sketching tours through Wales, Yorkshire, and Northumberland. During the summer months he rented a house at Twickenham and, along with his students, sketched by the bank of the Thames. His later works are more composed examples of the picturesque ideal: here figures and sheep travel along a tree-lined road dappled by sunlight and shadow.

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