Richard Parkes Bonington (British, 1802-1828) The mouth of the Somme, with St. Valery sur Somme and Le Crotoy in the distance to the right 21 x 29 cm. (8 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)

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Lot 57
Richard Parkes Bonington
(British, 1802-1828)
The mouth of the Somme, with St. Valery sur Somme and Le Crotoy in the distance to the right 21 x 29 cm. (8 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)

Sold for £ 12,145 (US$ 15,852) inc. premium
Richard Parkes Bonington (British, 1802-1828)
The mouth of the Somme, with St. Valery sur Somme and Le Crotoy in the distance to the right
watercolour
21 x 29 cm. (8 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The late Caroline, Lady Hobart, formally the Duchess of Leeds.

    The present work dating to c.1823 and depicting the mouth of the Somme, is one of the watercolours commissioned by the Swiss publisher and gallery owner J.F. d'Ostervald entitled Excursions sur les côtes et dans les ports de France. The volume included text by the industrialist N.-J. Lefebvre-Duruflé and illustrations mostly by Swiss and British artists. Bonington worked on the project for several years, producing many drawings, a selection of which were engraved and published. It appears that this composition was not published.

    The technique of pronounced pen accents show the influence of Louis Francia, his first professional tutor. The work appears to be a study from nature with Bonington beautifully capturing the early morning light bathing the beach scene.

    We are grateful to Patrick Noon for authenticating and identifying the location of the present work on the basis of a transparency.
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