5 July 2016
Richard Parkes Bonington (Nottingham 1802-1828 London)
Fishermen in a stormy sea, Le Crotoy, Picardie, Northern France
signed 'R P Bonington' (lower left, on the side of the boat)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out
8 x 10 3/8 in. (20.4 x 26.4 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 12 November 1996, lot 49.
with The Bridge Gallery, Southampton.
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G. Bauer, The Eloquence of Colour - The Genius of Bonington's Contemporaries, Paris, 2003, pl. 64.
P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington, the complete paintings, New Haven and London, 2008, p. 136, no. 76.
The present drawing shows the same view, but taken from the middle of the estuary, as in Newton Fielding's aquatint after Bonington for J.F. Ostervald's Excursions sur les côtes et dans les ports de France (see P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington, exhibition catalogue, New Haven, 1992, pp. 98-99, no. 14). It is similar in style and technique and must date from the same period, 1823-5.
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