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

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

Details
William Callow, R.W.S. (Greenwich 1812-1908 Great Missenden)
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
pencil watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gum arabic
5 ¼ x 7 ¾ in. (13.4 x 19.7 cm.)
Provenance
with Leggatt's, London.
D.J. Molteno, by whom given to
his daughter, Margot Dent
and by descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay

Callow made numerous visits to Venice throughout his career. The city clearly had a special resonance for him, as shown in his description of his final trip to Italy, in 1892, at the age of 80, when he spent far longer in Venice than anywhere else. He wrote, 'I started off with my wife on my last foreign tour to bid farewell to the many picturesque old towns which had raised so much enthusiasm in me more than half a century ago....Finally we arrived at Venice and put up at our old quarters, Hotel Europa facing the Grand Canal...After a fortnight of perfect enjoyment...we reluctantly left Venice, for myself at least for the last time' (J. Reynolds, William Callow, London, 1980, p. 154).

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