Sir Augustus Wall Callcott

Entrance to Pisa from Leghorn

exhibited 1833

Artist
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott 1779–1844
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1067 x 1626 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00346

Not on display

Display caption

Callcott was one of the most highly regarded and sought-after painters of his day - hence his knighthood. As this picture shows, his landscapes and marines had affinities with Turner's in their composition and luminosity. However, Callcott's works were usually less challenging or controversial than Turner's - especially in the artists' later years.

Despite undoubted rivalry, the two men were close friends. Callcott exhibited Italian views at the Royal Academy in 1833. They resulted from his visit to Italy with his wife on their honeymoon in 1828.

Gallery label, August 2004