Brecon on the River Usk by John Varley

This was Varley's second painting of Brecon.


Watercolour on paper
18.4 x 27.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,650 ( Total: £3,800)
Acquired in:
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.


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Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery Captains Walk, BRECON Powys LD3 7DS 01874 624121

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