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Glacier du Rhone and the Galenstock, from the Furka Pass Road

William Callow (British, 1812-1908)

Callow was among the longest-lived and most industrious of English watercolorists. From his election to the Society of Painters in Water-colours in 1834, he exhibited 1152 watercolors in 74 annual exhibitions, including this work in 1848.

Callow first saw the Rhone Glacier in 1838 sweeping eight miles down from the saw-toothed heights of the Galenstock like immense waterfalls of blue ice. Ever the great pedestrian, Callow had walked from Paris, followed the Rhine south into Switzerland and, from the foot of the Rhone Glacier, ascended 2,000 feet up the Furka Pass road to reach the Italian frontier at the St. Gotthard Pass ten weeks later.

Private collection, England; sale Sotheby's, London, July 1, 2004 (232); Jörg Schuhmacker, Frankfurt - am Main

Object Information

William Callow (British, 1812-1908)
creation date
watercolor over pencil heightened with white on off-white paper
22 x 30-1/8 in. (image and sheet)
mark descriptions
signed and dated: L.L.: W. Callow / 1848 | inscribed in pencil, verso, C.: No 4 / Glacier du Rhone / Switzerland / 1848
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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