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The Temple of Vesta and the Falls at Tivoli, 1859

watercolor with gouache and graphite underdrawing, Sheet: 75.10 x 57.80 cm (29 9/16 x 22 3/4 inches). Sundry Purchase Fund 2011.4

A meticulously finished, grand-scale presentation watercolor, this drawing was exhibited in 1860 at the Society of Painters in Watercolors in London. The view was taken from a low vantage point, foregrounding closely observed, moss-covered rocks amid the frothy cascade. Jewel-like, the Temple of Vesta surmounts the imposing cliff, gleaming white against a crisp, blue sky. The majesty of the view is underscored by the presence of nearly imperceptible figures in the far distance hanging linens to dry along the temple wall.

Signed and dated lower left in dark brown wash: "William Callow / 1859" Inscribed (in a modern hand): "No. 3 / Temple of Vesta / Tivoli" on the backing board.

London Society of Painters in Water-Colours, 1859, no. 190

Lemonedes, Heather. British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art" shown 10 Feb to 26 May 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. London: D Giles Limited, 2013. Cat 35, pg 104-7.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (02/10/2013 - 05/26/2013); "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art"

Library materials about William Callow (2)

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