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William Callow, R.W.S. (1812-1908)

Venice from the Dogana

Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with touches of white
24 x 32.2 cm; 9 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches

Signed, inscribed and dated l.r.: VENICE Wm Callow/1857

This sensitive work depicts the view from the Dogana, looking across the Grand Canal towards the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square. Venice was Callow’s inspiration; he returned to the city many times after his first visit in 1840.

Executed in watercolour over traces of pencil, heightened with touches of white, this drawing dates from the 1850s, when Callow's work was particularly finely drawn and he handled detail with great delicacy.

Exhibited by the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, London, 1857, and Leger Galleries, 1962. 

Provenance: Leger Galleries, 1962. Private collection, by descent until 2018


24 x 32.2 cm
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