Reinhardsbrunn Castle, Friedrichroda, Thüringen, Germany
August 27, 1863
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Watercolour over pencil heightened with white on blue-grey paper
13.7 by 23.2cm, 5 1/4 by 9 inches
In 1831, Callow shared a studio with Thomas Shotter Boys in Paris and he remained in the city for ten years. The present watercolour dates from Callow's first sketching tour in France in the summer of 1836. He left Paris on 6th June with a German friend called Soherr and travelled along the Loire and then to the south. On 17th June he set off from Amboise arriving in Tours the same day. His diary entry for 18th June reads: `Did a little sketching, but we could find nothing very interesting. We were detained in Tours for our washing till seven that evening. They arrived back in Paris on 16th August having travelled about 1,700 miles and spent only '20. A more finished version of this view dated 1839 is in the Castle Museum, Nottingham (see Jan Reynolds, William Callow, 1980, pl.22).