A watercolor on paper of a castle on the water with a boat and three women walking on the shingle in the foreground, a row boat on the water and the castle in the distance against the sky. John Varley (1778-1842) was an English watercolorist who painted a large quantity of small watercolors including other versions of Conway castle. There are numerous other watercolors that are attributed to him, but probably not by him. This one has luminosity and precision that leads me to think that it is most likely by him. Inscribed in pencil on the back, “Conway Castle/SW.” It is presently mounted in a small piece of mat board with French lines and the watercolor attached with old paper tape around the four sides. It is 3 inches by 4 ½ inches on wove paper.
Condition. Some light toning and general dirtiness. The brown stuff in the lower center is ink, but I don’t think it was part of the original drawing. It is less distracting in person than it is in the close-ups. Mat has a surface tear in the upper right corner.
The excellence of the painting and the pleasant scene combine to make this a very pleasing view.