View of Windsor Castle from the River
attributed to John Varley the elder (Hackney 1778 - London 1842)
This painting shows the river with the Castle visible in the middle distance. Although Varley had been apprenticed to a silversmith, early on he obtained employment with a portrait painter in Holborn and studied drawing under J. C. Barrow. Watercolour was Varley's favoured medium and he was one of the founders of the Old Watercolour Society as well as a renowned teacher of the medium, numbering among his pupils W. H. Hunt and Turner of Oxford, examples of whose work hang at Anglesey Abbey, as well as the better known David Cox, John Linnell and William Mulready. Varley's early watercolour style was broad and simple, and characterized by the employment of pure, fresh tints.
Oil painting on panel, View of Windsor Castle from the River, attributed to John Varley the elder (Hackney 1778 - London 1842), 1823. View up river towards Windswor with barges, three rowing boats in a race, and four fishermen resting on bank right, dog on bank centre foreground. Frame, labelled 'Windsor 1823, J. Varley 1778-1842'.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
Anglesey Abbey, The Fairhaven Collection (National Trust)
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attributed to John Varley the elder (Hackney 1778 - London 1842), artist