John Varley A Cottage and a Bridge under a Hill. Verso: Sketch date not known

Artwork details

Artist
John Varley 1778–1842
Title
A Cottage and a Bridge under a Hill. Verso: Sketch
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite, watercolour and chalk on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 122 x 176 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09365
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Varley has used different dilutions of wash to create the loose forms of this image. In many places he has built up several layers of wash. In areas such as the lower left corner, these have been applied while the underlying layers were still wet, and the consequent 'bleeding' of the layers is clearly visible. The highlights were created in two ways. For the large areas of light on the building, Varley simply left the paper blank. In others, such as the reflections of light in the water, he scraped away the wash with the end of a paintbrush or a knife.

August 2004

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