William Callow (British, 1812-1908)
watercolor with gouache and graphite underdrawing
Sheet - h:75.10 w:57.80 cm (h:29 9/16 w:22 3/4 inches)
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.