The Passage Point, An Italian Composition by Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844). 1829-30. Oil on canvas. H 107.1 x W 215.3 cm. Collection: Sir John Soane's Museum. Accession number SM P38. Commissioned by Soane. Image kindly released on the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND); downloaded via Art UK/span> by Jacqueline Banerjee.

Apparently Soane had commissioned another Italian painting, from Turner, at this time. But he rejected Turner's finished work, instead giving a new commission to Callcott. David Blayney Brown suggests that this one was more to Soane's taste: "cool and sweet in tone," lacking the the kind of tension found in Turner, it "suggests the effect of a window thrown open on a clear day when the panelling behind which it hangs is unfolded" (42).


Brown, David Blayney. Augustus Wall Callcott. London: Tate Gallery, 1981.

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