Irish Cars (Study of Two Carts in a Landscape)

Cornelius Varley (British, London 1781–1873 London)
Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash over graphite
10 1/8 x 14 5/16 in. (25.7 x 36.4 cm)
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Gift of Roberta J. M. Olson and Alexander B. V. Johnson, in memory of Professor and Mrs. E. Dudley H. Johnson, 2007
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Not on view
An inscription at lower left indicates that Varley made this drawing in Ireland. Two hand-carts made out of rough planks rest at different angles in a rural yard near a two-storey building, with small structures roofed in tile and thatch beyond. Pen and ink over graphite has been applied to describe the buildings and landscape, with wash added to detail the carts. Brother to the well-known watercolor teacher John Varley, Cornelius was himself a skilled draftsman and watercolorist, and became known for inventing the Graphic Telescope, an optical device that helped artists achieve correct perspective.
Inscription: Inscribed in pen and ink, lower right: "Irish Cars - C Varley"
Spink & Son, Ltd., London; Davis & Langdale Company; Edward Dudley Hume Johnson and Laura Vance Johnson (American); Donor: Alexander B. V. Johnson and Roberta J. M. Olson