William Callow, R.W.S. (1812-1908)
Venice from the Dogana
Signed, inscribed and dated l.r.: VENICE Wm Callow/1857., watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with touches of white
24 x 32.2 cm; 9 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches
Leger Galleries, 1962;
Private collection, by descent until 2018
Society of Painters in Water-Colours, London, 1857;
Leger Galleries, 1962
H.M. Cundall (Ed), William Callow R.W.S. An Autobiography, London, 1908, p. 154
Venice was Callow’s inspiration and he returned to the city many times after his first visit in 1840. This viewpoint is taken from the Dogana looking north-west across the mouth of the Grand Canal towards the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square.
This work dates from the 1850s when his work was particularly finely drawn and he handled detail with great delicacy.