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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 192

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

    On the Seine, near Montmartre

    Price Realised  


    William Callow, R.W.S. (1812-1908)
    On the Seine, near Montmartre
    signed with initials, signed again, numbered and inscribed 'WC. 177/near Montmartre William Callow R.W.S.' (on the reverse, overmounted)
    pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour with scratching out
    6½ x 9½ in. (16.5 x 24.1 cm.)

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    Stylistically the present watercolour dates from circa 1830 shortly after Callow had arrived in France for the first time in 1829, at the age of seventeen. By 1830 Callow had moved to the Rue St Honoré in Paris with his travelling companion, Newton Fielding. It was in the summer of this year that he experienced first hand the Revolution that led to King Charles X fleeing the city. He lived amongst the barricades and the mob that had taken over and he witnessed open fire between soldiers and the Revolutionists. On 31 July 1830 Callow hastily set off for England and did not return to France until February of the following year.

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    with Walker's Galleries, London.