THE GARDENS AT SAINT CLOUD
Signed, inscribed & dated l.r. 'St Cloud. June 7. 39'
Pencil with watercolour
25.4 x 17.2 cm
With Agnew's, London
Christie's, South Kensington, British & Continental Watercolours & Maritime Paintings, 21.03.2007, Lot 786
Private Collection, Paris
Walker Galleries, New Bond St., April 1927, Paris - St Cloud (1839)
Reynolds, 1980, p.246
Callow visited the gardens many times during his time in Paris: "In the next year, 1832, thanks to Boys [Thomas Shotter Boys, who shared a studio with Callow at the time], I became more diligent in making sketches in both pencil and water colours, and many a happy day I spent in making short excursions to Versailles, St Cloud and Montmartre" (1). In the year that the present work was painted, Callow met his future student the Duc D'Aumale whilst teaching Princess Clementine [Princess Clémentine of Orléans, (1817-1908), later Duchess of Coburg] in the gardens (2).
A small watercolour of the river Seine from Saint Cloud by Callow can be found in the Yale Centre for British Art (Acc. No. B1975.3.1110). Four pencil studies of the gardens from 1832 are in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (Acc. No.'s E.895-898 -1937).
(1) W. Callow & H.M. Cundall, William Callow, R. W. S., F. R. G. S., London (1908), p.20
(2) Ibid., pp.72 & 82-83, "...I had the honour of being introduced to the Duc D'Aumale whilst giving a lesson to the Princess [Princess Clémentine of Orléans, 1817-1908] at St Cloud." and "...I was truly grieved to leave Paris, and my great grief was in severing my connection with the Royal Family, particularly the Princess Clementine, to whom I had given drawing lessons twice a week for nearly seven years...whether at Paris, St Cloud or Neuilly..."