CALLOW, William. An Autobiography edited by H. M. Cundall. London, A. & C. Black, 1908.
Large 8vo. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and orange; pp. xxiv, 181, illustrated with colour-plates with captioned tissue guards, monochrome plates and reproductions of drawings in the text; light offsetting to endpapers; a near fine copy.
First edition of the autobiography of a celebrated English watercolourist of the 19th century with descriptions of his travels and life on the Continent, especially in France and the Netherlands. 'In 1829 Callow was sent to work with Newton Fielding in Paris and was at once enchanted with France, where the essential pattern of his career evolved. In Paris he met Thomas Shotter Boys, from whom he assimilated a method of calligraphic brush strokes and a liking for picturesque city scenes. There was also a received influence from R. P. Bonington, whose luminous use of wash is reflected in the style of Boys. By 1833 Callow was independent of the Fieldings and established in his own atelier. He enjoyed a growing reputation as a watercolourist, and his studio attracted a flourishing circle of pupils, including members of the French aristocracy. The success of Vue du pont de Richmond, exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1834, led to Callow being asked to give lessons in watercolour painting to the family of King Louis Philippe. His daughter, Princess Clémentine, was a pupil of Callow for seven years and became a lifelong friend' (ODNB).