SUNDAY Feature on ART of Architecture
John Varley the younger (1855-1933) was an English water colourist and he was the grandson of the well-known artist and drawing master John Varley (1778-1842). Varley -the younger liked to draw the picturesque scenes around towns across the world without touching the effects of modernity of the age. He travelled extensively in North Africa, India, Ceylon and Japan. In 1874 he sailed to Egypt in a yacht he constructed himself and stayed there for many years, learning to speak Arabic. In India he visited Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Fatehpur Sikri, Godavari River and Calcutta.
Varley's landscapes are well composed and have calm feel, simple elegance. He captured the local environment extremely well, as seen in Japan’s scenic and temple yards’ and Cairo streets’ architectural drawings. ‘He worked with a full brush and pure fresh transparent tints’. His observation was very keen, and expression thereof even better.