Brecon on the River Usk, South Wales by John Varley

John Varley exhibited this, his first watercolour – a painting of Peterborough Cathedral – at the Royal Academy at the age of 20.


watercolor over pencil
216 × 362cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £2,500)
Acquired in:
Guy Peppiatt Fine Art

His subsequent works represent the transition between topographical drawing and the bolder manner of watercolour painting that is characteristic of the 19th century. This sketch went on to inspire the 1837 watercolour purchased in 2012 with assistance from the Art Fund.


By descent from the artist to his grandson Herbert Varley (d. 1903); Michael Ingram; Guy Peppiatt

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