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Attrib. William Callow (1812-1908) - Framed Watercolour, River Punting



A fine watercolour sketch with touches of body color, depicting two figures in a punt by the reeded banks of a river, attributed to the landscape painter and watercolourist William Callow (1812-1908). Known to have worked en plein air, this 19th Century work has the lightness of form associated with Callow. Well-presented in a wide double card mount and gilt wood frame. Inscribed to the reverse 'Provenance: Milne & Moller'. Unsigned. On wove.


In very good condition for a picture of this age. Some light surface discolouration. The frame is in fine condition.


24.8 x 22cm (9.8" x 8.7")
Framed Size: 31.1 x 30.2cm (12.2" x 11.9")

Artist Biography

William Callow (1812-1908) was a painter known for his watercolours who was born in Greenwich, (then in Kent) the son of a builder and the brother of artist John Callow 1822-1878. In 1823 as an 11-year old he was hand-tinting prints for the engraver Theodore Henry Adolphus Fielding, (1781-1851) and within a couple of years he was articled to him. His brother the well-known painter Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (1787-1855) the President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours took him under his wing. In 1829 he travelled to Paris where he encountered Shotter Boys and also showed at the Paris Salon and gave instruction to the daughter of King Louise Philippe.

Callow travelled over much of Europe gathering ideas for future exhibitions. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Watercolour Society and showed at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Connell & Sons, Fine Art Society, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Walker's Gallery and Walker Art Gallery. In 1841 he returned to London where he established a studio near Regents Park and soon built an impressive following. Examples of his work are held by the Royal Family, Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Musée du Château de Versailles. A retrospective exhibition was staged at the Leicester Galleries in 1907.

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Code kr696
Artist Attrib. William Callow (1812-1908)
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 24.8 x 22cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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