Italian Landscape

Oil on paper stretched to a stretcher bar
Image size: 11 x 54 inches
Signed and inscribed on stretcher bar in pencil: No. 2 A. W. Callcott

Henry Thomas Petty-Fitzmaurice, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne KG (1816 – 1866)
Lansdowne House, London
Private collection, Long Island, New York
Christie’s, New York, lot 117, n.d (stencil #270KC);
Private Estate

Gustav Friedrich Waagen, Treasury of Art in Great Britain, 1854, vol. II, p. 152.

In his day Callcott was one of the most admired of English landscape and marine painters; his was the name most often linked with Turner’s, and he gained honours denied to Turner and Constable. In 1827-8 he made, with his wife, Maria Graham, a tour of continental galleries and collections, which added a wealth of connoisseurship to his already impressive professional attributes. On his return he became a major figure in the cultural establishment, gaining a knighthood in 1837 and the Surveyor ship of the Queen’s pictures in 1843. However, after his death his reputation declined, and neither his life nor his work have ever received proper coverage in the literature