Moon-lit Crossing

Steamer at Night by John Callow (LEO Design)

Sadly, this year's travel plans have been supplanted with overdue home projects, including the hanging and cataloging of my personal collection of paintings and other artwork.  So this summer, in lieu of an overseas getaway, I could only gaze wistfully at framed pictures as I hung them—many of them reminding me of my favorite travel destinations (and vacations gone by).  Let me share a few of them with you.  Alas, this shall be the extent of my romantic journeys for Summer 2020.  On the whole, I have little to complain of.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy a few more "little journeys,' gazing at my pictures of my favorite places.

This picture caught my eye right away.  Its moody, moon-lit waters—rippling gently but incessantly—bearingt the belching steamer as it heads for port.  I can almost hear the rumbling chug-chug-chug of its motor as it struggles slowly to shore.

I purchased the picture in London, at Portobello Road in Notting Hill.  It is clearly signed—J. Callow—and I have found such an artist in my research (John Callow, English, 1822-1878).  He principally painted nautical and maritime pictures.  Vexingly, I have not found another painting of his which compares in style to this one.  As for his signature, John Callow has signed his works in so many different ways that I am not surprised that this one is not a perfect match either.

Such is the (endless?) routine of an art researcher!


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