Musée No:737.167Regular price £25.00
Artist: William Callow
William Callow (1812–1908) was an English landscape painter, engraver and water colourist. Aged 11 he was apprenticed to the artist Fielding, where he learnt the technique of plein air sketching. Fielding found him work as an engraver in Paris and when there Callow discovered the work of Richard Parkes Bonington and was encouraged by Thomas Shotter Boys, an associate of Bonington’s, to concentrate on watercolour work. His progress in the technique was rapid and he became popular as a teacher of watercolour painting in the English style. After exhibiting a watercolour of Richmond Hill in the Paris salon of 1831, he was offered a job teaching the family of King Louis Philippe I of France. Callow travelled widely and regularly visited Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Holland. He also went on sketching tours all over Britain. His watercolours answered the public's need for travel imagery depicting scenic views and picturesque corners of European cities. His style changed little over his prolific and very long career.