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John Varley

Unclassified artists   •   Wikipedia: John Varley
89 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #2996
John Varley was a successful watercolor painter and book author. He was born the oldest of four children in London, who later all became artists. The children all came from the second marriage of the father, who moved from Yorkshire to London after the death of his first wife. Although Varley was interested in art as a child, his parents apparently did not believe that he could be successful. So they sent him to apprenticeship as a silversmith. Varley accepted his parents' decision as long as they lived. After her death, when he was about 15 years old, he went to apprenticeship with a local portrait painter for a short time. Shortly thereafter, he attended Charles Barrow's evening drawing classes twice a week.

Barrow was a key figure in Varley's artistic development. They regularly went on excursions to make drawings on site. During such an excursion, Varley's first work was finally created, which was accepted for the Royal Academy. His drawing of Peterborough Cathedral was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798. After that, Varley was a regular exhibitor at the academy until he finally co-founded the Od Watercolor Society in 1805. After that, he almost only exhibited there. He was a very active painter because he delivered well over 700 pictures for the exhibitions of the Old Watercolor Society alone. Varley's claim to his watercolor paintings was that they could easily keep up with oil paintings. He therefore began to produce larger and more complex paintings in 1805. His best and most beautiful works date from this period. He found his favorite motifs in the wild landscape of North Wales, which he visited several times during his life. While he liked to draw directly from nature in his early works, Varley began to paint landscape compositions from memory in his studio with increasing age.

Varley was not only very successful as a painter. He also published some papers and handbooks on painting and drawing. He was extremely popular as a teacher and extremely talented when you consider the success of his many students. His students included David, Cox, Copley Fielding, John Linnell, William Henry Hunt and William Mulready, who married his Varley's sister Elizabeth. Despite his great success, Varley always had to deal with money problems. On the one hand it was because he had a very large family, on the other hand he was not a particularly good businessman. Still, he didn't seem to be very worried and was described by his contemporaries as a hopeless optimist. © Meisterdrucke


 
1815 | watercolour over pencil on paper

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1815 | watercolour over pencil on paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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0 | watercolour on paper

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1814 | watercolour over graphite on paper

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1814 | watercolour over graphite on paper

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Undated | Watercolor on paper

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Undated | watercolour

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Undated | watercolour over graphite

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An Arch at Holy Island, Northumb...
1809 | graphite and watercolour on paper

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An Arch at Holy Island, Northumb...
1809 | graphite and watercolour on paper

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1945 | colour lithograph

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1945 | colour lithograph

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PD.10-1997 Dunstanborough Castle...
Undated | graphite and watercolour on paper

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1809 | pencil and watercolour on paper

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1809 | pencil and watercolour on paper

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1820 | Watercolor on paper

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1820 | Watercolor on paper

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Undated | pencil and watercolour on paper (pasted on board)

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The Plains of Marathon, 1834 (gr...
1834 | graphite and watercolour with scratching out on paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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1813 | pencil and watercolour on paper

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1813 | pencil and watercolour on paper

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18th century | watercolour on paper

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Brecon Castle (wc und gouache on...
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Undated | watercolour

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Buildings and Pollarded Trees on...
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Undated | watercolour on paper

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