Transcribed letter from Fred Varley’s grandson Christopher:
6 Kendal Ave.
Toronto, M5R 1L6
February 8, 1996
Thanks for your telephone inquiry about the following;
F.H. Varley; Bridge over Lynn c. 1935
8 1/2”x 10 1/4”
signed twice l.l.
Varley Inventory no. 240
prov: Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Margolese, Montreal
This is one of about half a dozen watercolour nocturnes that my grandfather painted within spitting distance of his home in Lynn valley during the midthirties.
The figures in the foreground stand on the bridge across Lynn Creek. Lynn Peak itself, which my grandfather affectionately called “The Dumpling”, appears in the mid.ground on the left side. As you probably know, this mountain is clearly visible from the east end of Vancouver.
One of the most extraordinary things about this magnificent watercolour is the aerial perspective. It’s as if Varley painted it sitting in midair about two hundred feet above the creek. His admiration for Chinese landscape painting, William Turner and Samuel Palmer are all evident.
To the best of my knowledge, this painting has been in the same collection since my grandfather’s short stint in Montreal in the early forties. It’s quite possible that Louis Muhlstock arranged the original sale, for he tried to help grandad out whenever possible. Unfortunately, this proved to be a thankless task, for grandad and money were always soon parted.
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