Sandgate, Kent

John Varley, 1823

WAG 1002

About this object

This watercolour was presented to the Walker, along with several others, by James Smith of Blundellsands. He hoped his gift would encourage the Walker to collect more examples of early British watercolours.

William Gilpin (1724 - 1804) noted in his book 'Observations on the Coast of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent', published in 1804, that Sandgate castle was a particularly good picturesque view and that the hills behind it were well shaped.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    John Varley (British: English, born:1778-08-17, died:1842-11-17)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 25.7 cm x 34.8 cm
  • Physical description
    Watercolour view looking down a rocky path towards the bay in Sandgate, Kent. Figures are walking along the path towards the beach. The rounded form of Sandgate castle can be made out in the distance on the beach, in front of steep hills.
  • Related people
    James Smith (Previous owner) ; John Varley (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1002
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith in 1896
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1896
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Sandgate in Kent/ from a sketch by Miss Susan Thrale(?)/ J. Varley 1823
    Inscription method: ink
    Inscription note: in artist's own hand
    Inscription location: on reverse
  • Inscription text: J Varley
    Inscription method: To be Reasearched
    Inscription note: signed twice
    Inscription location: bottom left corner
Object view = Fine Art
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