Reinhardsbrunn Castle, Friedrichroda, Thüringen, Germany
August 27, 1863
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Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour. This studio work may be based on sketches drawn in the summer of 1835. Callow left Paris in May 1835 and walked from Rouen along the Seine to Le Havre before taking the steamer to Southampton. `After touring on foot round the Isle of Wight we went to Portsmouth, and walked to Winchester, making a large number of sketches on the way, and finally took the coach to London. This tour proved to be a very pleasant one, and in this manner I was enabled to make sketches of many interesting places unfrequented by travellers’ (see William Callow – an Autobiography, 1908, p. 29).
This is a view of Winchester from the banks of the river Itchen to the north of the city. Winchester Cathedral is in the centre with Winchester Palace on the hill to the right. The Palace was later converted into military barracks. Callow only exhibited three Winchester views – stylistically this is likely to be the picture exhibited at the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1856 as 'Winchester.’