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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    Richard Parkes Bonington (Nottingham 1802-1828 London)

    Le Pont de la Concorde with the Tuileries from the Cours de la Reine, Paris, France

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    Richard Parkes Bonington (Nottingham 1802-1828 London)
    Le Pont de la Concorde with the Tuileries from the Cours de la Reine, Paris, France
    signed with initials and dated 'RPB 1827' (lower right)
    pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour
    5 ¼ x 8 ¼ in. (13.3 x 21 cm.)


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    Bonington executed numerous watercolours of Parisian views in the last two years of his life. He had moved to Calais with his family in 1817 and later settled in Paris. Thomas Shotter Boys (1803-1874), who was Bonington's constant companion at this time, also illustrated the same view of the Seine. It has been suggested that the two artists painted this view from nature, sitting side by side. For further details of Boys's versions of this view, see J. Roundell, Thomas Shotter Boys, 1974, London, p. 72. Two other versions of the present watercolour, one by Boys and one by Bonington, were sold in these Rooms, 14 July 1998, lot 73 and 17 November 2005, lot 89 respectively.

    We are grateful to Patrick Noon for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.

    Provenance

    Possibly Bonington sale; Sotheby's, London, 29-30 June 1829, lot 205 (£12 to Colnaghi).
    Possibly Lewis Brown; Paris, 17-18 April 1837, lot 26.
    Lieutenant Colonel James B. Gaskell.
    James King.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 November 1997, lot 120.
    with The Bridge Gallery, Southampton.


    Literature

    P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington, the complete paintings, New Haven and London, 2008, p. 177, no. 148.