Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
Theatrical scene painter and artist. Was in Australia at time of the gold rushes, possibly painted in Bendigo in 1850s; known to have painted the drop curtains for the Lyceum Theatre and for St. James Hall in Melbourne. Arrived Auckland 1857 with a theatrical company. By 1874 was in Wellington, the proprietor of the magazine Punch. The painter C. Palmer lent for show at the Society of Artists, Auckland Exhibition 1875 a painting by F. Varley. It is interesting to speculate whether he was related to the great English watercolourist John Varley.