Richard Parkes Bonington

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Bonington, Richard Parkes


Born Oct. 25, 1801 or 1802, near Nottingham; died Sept. 23, 1828, in London. English painter and graphic artist.

Bonington studied in France under A. Gros and was associated with E. Delacroix and other French romanticists. In 1826 he visited Italy. Bonington’s subtle lyrical landscapes (Boats by the Shore; Hermitage, Leningrad) by their intimate quality and pleinairist searchings blazed trails for 19th-century European landscape painting, including the Barbizon School. Bonington’s small paintings in the historical genre (Henry IV and the Spanish Ambassador; Wallace Collection, London) are romantic and are executed with great artistic freedom. Bonington was a great master of landscape watercolor painting and lithography.


Gobin, M. R. P. Bonington, Paris-New York, 1950.
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The vivid, blinding whites (likely inspired by Richard Parkes Bonington), suggest that much of Delacroix's original visual impact often lies hidden today beneath yellowed varnish.
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That was how Eugene Delacroix described the English watercolourist Richard Parkes Bonington, a close friend who died at the age of only 26 in 1828, leaving a body of work that was 'a type of diamond that flatters and ravishes the eye'.
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An invigorating jaunt up to the fourth floor of the YCBA revealed not his legacy to the Romantics, but how very far those artists exceeded him as they did Claude: Turner and Constable and Richard Parkes Bonington have a freshness, a sparkle and a vitality, that Wilson never approaches.
This beautifully produced book catalogues over 400 drawings attributed to Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28).