The Wallace Collection

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A Sea Piece
  • Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828)
  • A Sea Piece
  • France
  • probably 1824
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 54.9 x 84.5 cm
    Object size: 81 x 110.5 x 9 cm
  • P273
  • West Gallery II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Probably painted c.1824, a year when Bonington spent much of his time at Dunkirk. A watercolour now at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, inscribed 'ad naturam' (from nature) was perhaps the preparatory study for this oil which is an astonshing achievement for an artist who had probably been painting in oil for less than a year. The composition recalls the work of Turner who, according to the artist Paul Huet, Bonington talked about 'ceaselessly', though before he visited London in 1825 Bonington could only have known Turner's works from engravings.