John Varley
Suburbs of an Ancient City 1808

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John Varley 1778–1842
Suburbs of an Ancient City
Date 1808
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Frame: 776 x 1020 x 48 mm
support: 726 x 972 mm
image: 722 x 965 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1990
Not on display

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This work by one of the founder members of the Old Watercolour Society is an outstanding example of the early nineteenth-century exhibition watercolour. On a large scale and with its grandiose, Poussinesque composition, classical buildings and monumental figures, it perfectly summarises the aspirations of heroic, classical and literary themes. It was purchased at the Society's fourth exhibition in 1808 by the distinguished patron, connoisseur and proponent of neo-classicism, Thomas Hope.

August 2004

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