Cornelius Varley

Composition: Woodland with Bridge and Weir

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Cornelius Varley 1781–1873
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 180 × 241 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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This landscape was first sketched out in graphite pencil. Brown washes in various dilutions were then applied one on top of the other to build up the image. Some of these were painted on before the underlying layers were allowed to dry, creating a soft blending of tones. In other places, Varley allowed the layers to dry completely between applications. In areas such as the right foreground, graphite pencil has been used over the washes to provide detail.

Gallery label, August 2004

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