William Callow

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William Callow
1812-1908
The Gardens of Versailles with the Fountain of Neptune (Le Bassin de Neptune, Versailles)
1837
Watercolor with scratching out for whites on paper.
7 7/8 x 11 5/8 inches (201 x 287 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.
2007.83
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Signed and dated lower left in pen and brown ink, "1837". Verso: "16" inscribed in graphite, lower right.
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The Fine Art Society; private collection, U.K.; acquired from Andrew Clayton Payne, Ltd., London.
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The highpoint of Callow's long career as a watercolorist was during the 1830s, when he shared a studio in Paris with Thomas Shotter Boys and felt the influence of Richard Parkes Bonnington. During this time he obtained permission to visit the private gardens at Versailles to produce a series of illustrations to London publisher Charles Heath's Picturesque Annual for 1839-Versailles. The lively Bassin de Neptune features a fountain designed by Andre le Nôtre in 1678-82 with a sculptural group of Neptune and Amphitrite executed in 1740 by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam. The more contemplative Petit Hameau (2007.82) records Marie Antoinette's private rustic retreat constructed in 1783.

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