William Callow (1812 - 1908)

The Temple of Vesta and the Falls at Tivoli Sold

Watercolour, over a pencil underdrawing, heightened with touches of bodycolour, on paper laid down on board.
Signed and dated William Callow / 1859 at the lower left.
748 x 577 mm. (29 3/8 x 22 3/4 in.)



Exhibited at the Old Water-Colour Society in London in 1859, this stunning, large watercolour is likely to have been based on sketches made by Callow when he first visited Tivoli on his inaugural trip to Italy in 1840. In that year he produced a number of watercolours of the falls, one of which was exhibited in London the following year. (Another Tivoli watercolour drawn during this 1840 trip, much smaller than the present sheet, is today in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.) Callow exhibited another large watercolour of Tivoli – a view of The Villa d’Este and the Cascatelle at Tivoli, of horizontal format - at the Old Water-Colour Society in 1860, the year after the present sheet was shown, while another view of Tivoli with the Cascade and Temple of the Sybil was exhibited there in the summer of 1875.

Peter and Olive Belton, Leicester, until 2009.

H. M. Cundall, ed., William Callow, R.W.S., F.R.G.S.,: An Autobiography, London, 1908, p.154 (‘List of Paintings Exhibited at the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours’); Jan Reynolds, William Callow R.W.S., London, 1980, p.213 (‘Complete List of Exhibits by William Callow with the Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1838-1908’); Heather Lemonedes, British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland, 2013, pp.104-107, no.35.

William CALLOW

The Temple of Vesta and the Falls at Tivoli


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