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Samuel Varley, English watercolourist, 1816.

Varley, Cornelius

Samuel Varley, English watercolourist, 1816.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Pencil drawing on cream wove by the English artist and scientist Cornelius Varley (1781-1873), of his brother Samuel (1744-1822). Made with the aid of Cornelius's graphic telescope invention. Patented in 1811, the graphic telescope was used to produce an image of an object in correct proportion. It combined a low powered telescope with a camera lucida, using a prism to reflect the object onto the drawing surface. The clear, strong outlines of its projected image made it popular with architectural and amateur artists

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