London, South Kensington
2 December 2014
William Callow, R.W.S. (London 1812-1908 Great Missenden)
By the Venetian Column, Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, Italy
signed and dated 'William/Callow/1867,' (lower right) and with inscription ' Market Place at Verona' (on the reverse) and numbered 'No 2' [crossed out] and 'No 13' (verso)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of bodycolour
27 ½ x 20 ¼ in. (69.8 x 51.4 cm.)
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H.M. Cundall, William Callow R.W.S. F.R.G.S., An Autobiography, London, 1908, p. 157.
J. Reynolds, William Callow, London, 1980, p. 215.
London, Society of Painters in Watercolour, Summer 1867, no. 171.
Callow undertook his first visit to Italy, including Verona in the autumn of 1841, he described Verona as having 'whole streets of fine palaces, intermingled with Roman and other antiquities. Following his second trip of 1846, he wrote 'to my mind it ranks next to Venice in point of interest. The market-place was a great source of interest to us; Italian ladies with black veils wandered about making purchases at the stalls covered with huge white umbrellas made an animated scene' (op. cit., p. 98). The Piazza della Erbe is Roman in origin and originally served as the town's forum, today it is still at the heart of the city.
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