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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Varley (1778-1842), Landscape painter

Several portraits of John Varley are mentioned by his great-grandson, Harold F. Fleetwood Varley, in a letter from Morpeth, 15 January 1909 (in NPG archive).

1790
Pencil and tinted drawing by Peter Ogier belonging to Fanny Varley in 1909.

c.1800
Oil sketch by John Linnell in Huntington Library, head and shoulders with full moon in background.

Pencil drawing by Wilson Lowry in Andrew Wyld collection 1982, profile with a swollen face and bandage, dated 1804.

1805-6
Watercolour drawing by John Linnell in V&A Museum (P14-1937), possibly done when Linnell was apprenticed to Varley and lived in his house 1805-6.

1806
Miniature by R. W. Satchwell exhibited RA 1806 (721); another dated 1808, perhaps exhibited RA 1809 (640) belonged to Fanny Varley in 1909.

c.1814
Drawings by Mulready in British Museum and NPG 1529.

1820-5
Drawings by Blake (see NPG 1194).

c.1821
Drawing by Linnell in Fitzwilliam Museum shows Varley in animated conversation with William Blake (Geoffrey Keynes, The Complete Portraiture of William & Catherine Blake, 1977, 30); 2 drawings by Linnell were at Sotheby's 30 November 1978 (12), one inscribed: J Linnell about 1821.

c.1830
Oil sketch by Linnell in Ashmolean Museum, head and shoulders to left in thin oil over black lead, aged about 50.

c.1840
Oil on wood by Linnell in Paul Mellon Collection, formerly Fine Art Society, half-length seated under trees holding sketchbook, aged about 60.

Undated
Pencil drawing by William Henry Hunt belonging to his grandson, mentioned in Alfred T. Story, James Holmes and John Varley, 1894, p 303.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.