Off Dover

William Callow (1812 - 1908)

Watercolour on paper

1860
  • About the artist
    Watercolourist William Callow was born in Greenwich; the son of a master builder. At eleven he began working with landscapist Theodore Fielding. In 1829 he was sent to Paris to work with Fielding’s brother, Newton, before establishing his own atelier and later giving lessons to the family of King Louis Philippe. From the 1830s, he made regular walking and sketching tours through France, Germany and Switzerland. In 1841 he returned to London, where he became one of the best-known drawing masters. He was elected a full member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1848 and continued to teach until 1882. Callow married twice, but had no children. A retrospective of his work was held at the Leicester Galleries in 1907. He died aged 95.
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  • Details
    Title
    Off Dover
    Date
    1860
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 51.00 cm, width: 80.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gilbert Davis, July 1964
    Inscription
    sdbr
    Provenance
    Collection of actor and art collector Gilbert Davis (1899-1983) (and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1952); from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in July 1964
    GAC number
    1763