Size: Frame 30 x 36 cm (12 x 14 inches approx), painting inside mount 13 x 19 cm
Condition: Painting in very good condition. Good mount with gilt and washline, slight darkening. Original art gallery frame from c1960.
A great early watercolour painting, possibly from 1802 when Cornelius visited Wales with his brother John.
As a painter, Cornelius Varley (1781-1873) is overshadowed by his brother John, three years his senior, who is considered one of the great early watercolour painters. Cornelius exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803, and in 1804 was a founder member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour (later the RWS), but from 1820 his interests were mainly taken up with science and he only occasionally exhibited.
This scene is very well composed, showing a bridge with figures on it lightly sketched, a castle and mountains beyond. Mainly a grey wash is used, but with a hint of brown on the bridge and for highlights.
The painting bears the monogram C.V. bottom right. It is in the original frame from the Rowley Gallery, London, and has another paper label with the artists name.
A good picture for display.