First edition autobiography of the celebrated English watercolourist of the 19th century, William Callow. With descriptions of his travels in Europe, especially France and the Netherlands, and how the artists he met influenced his work. "In 1829 Thales Fielding found him work as an engraver in Paris, where he worked alongside his friend Charles Bentley. While in the French capital he was encouraged by Thomas Shotter Boys to take up watercolours again. After exhibiting a watercolour of Richmond Hill in the Paris salon of 1831, he was offered a job teaching the family of King Louis Philippe I of France, and for several years gave lessons to the Duc de Nemours and Princess Clémentine, while his own works rapidly gained popularity in England. This was helped by his influence over Francois, Prince de Joinville during the turbulence of the July Revolution. Briefly the 'Callow youth' was plunged into a platonic love affair that went unrequited with the darling Princess Clementine...He kept detailed diaries of his early travels, and just before his death, his sight having failed, he dictated an autobiography." Illustrated with numerous colour and black and white plates, some with captioned tissue guards, showing reproductions of his work.
The copy is in fair condition, with green cloth boards decorated in black and orange. The gilt lettering of the spine has faded a little, and the spine has split from the back cover but both are still attached. There is rubbing to the boards. Inside, the pages have yellowed with age but are clean. There is foxing to the endpapers and outside edges of the pages. The upper outside edges appear to be gilt, but have faded.