Brecon on the River Usk by John Varley

This was Varley's second painting of Brecon.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions:
18.4 x 27.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,650 ( Total: £3,800)
Acquired in:
2013
Vendor:
Guy Peppiatt Fine Art

His first, undertaken as a young artist during a visit around 1800, was a topographical drawing, the buildings and landscape rendered as in life. By his return in 1837, half a lifetime later, his depiction had developed into a more romantic vision, showing the influence of Claude. The scene is bathed in the golden light of the evening sun, the buildings softer than in his earlier drawing, the priory’s silhouette a distant presence on the horizon.

Provenance

Art Loss register search has been carried out.

Venue details

Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery Captains Walk, BRECON Powys LD3 7DS 01874 624121 www.powys.gov.uk/breconmuseum

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £1)

Closed for refurbishment 

Check Brecknock Museum website for details

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