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    Sale 7728

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 13

    William Callow, R.W.S. (1812-1908)

    A view of Geneva Harbour and the Old Town from the Left Bank

    Price Realised  

    William Callow, R.W.S. (1812-1908)
    A view of Geneva Harbour and the Old Town from the Left Bank
    signed and dated 'Wm Callow 1858'
    pencil and watercolour with gum arabic
    10 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (27.1 x 49.8 cm.)


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    In the autumn of 1838 Callow made his first visit to Switzerland. Arriving in Lausanne, Callow and his acquaintance Mr. Forman, trecked with knapsacks to Vevey and on to Villeneuve, from here they took a steam boat to Geneva. As they travelled Callow stopped to make sketches, creating a visual account of the journey. Two years later Callow made another tour of Switzerland, again in the company of Forman. Both of Callow's stays in Geneva were short and views of the city are correspondingly rare among his exhibited works.

    The present watercolour depicts Geneva's harbour and the old town. Calligraphic brush strokes and luminous washes give a remarkable freshness to the scene.

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    Provenance

    The Graves Gallery, Sheffield.