Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Brush and watercolor and pen and brown ink over graphite
sheet: 5 13/16 x 9 1/16 in. (14.8 x 23 cm)
Purchase, David T. Schiff Gift, Harry G. Sperling Fund, and Karen B. Cohen Fund, 1996
Not on view
The French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix described the sparkling, jewel-toned watercolors of the British painter Bonington, with whom he shared a Paris studio, as "like diamonds." In this view of Rouen seen from the northeast, broad wet washes evoke the sunlit sky, a dark cathedral soars above the blotted colors of the city's haze, and exquisite touches of a fine brush suggest tiny figures and the masts of distant ships. A version of this view was reproduced in aquatint by Thales Fielding in N.-J. Lefebvre-Duruflé's Excursion sur les côtes et dans les ports de Normandie, published 1823–25.
Signature: Signed in pen and brown ink at bottom center of verso: "R.P. Bonington" Signed in pen and brown ink at top center of verso: "Vue de Rouen"
Jean-Pierre Fromanger, Paris Sold to James Mackinnon, 1995; James Mackinnon Sold to MMA; Vendor: James Mackinnon
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 21, 1996–January 6, 1997.
Noon 2008, no. 55
Patrick Noon Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, cat. no. 55, p. 120, ill.