WILLIAM CALLOW, R.W.S.
The Gardens of Versailles with the Fountain of Neptune
The Fine Art Society, London
Private Collection, UK
J. Reynolds, William Callow. London, 1980, p. 66, illus. pl. 19.
The highpoint of Callow's long career as a watercolorist was during the 1830s, when he shared a studio in Paris with Thomas Shotter Boys and felt the influence of Richard Parkes Bonnington. During this time he obtained permission to visit the private gardens at Versailles to produce a series of illustrations for London publisher Charles Heath's Picturesque Annual for 1839 -Versailles. The lively Bassin de Neptune features a fountain designed by Andre le Nôtre in 1678-82 with a sculptural group of Neptune and Amphitrite executed in 1740 by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam.