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Half-length Portrait of a Bearded Man in Historical Dress

Artist:
Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Date:
1818–28
Medium:
Brush and brown wash
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 9 3/16 in. (28 x 23.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, PECO Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.215
Not on view
Bonington met Delacroix in 1825 who encouraged him to create historical genre subjects. Old master paintings were an important source of inspiration and Bonginton here uses brown wash to copy Rembrandt's "Portrait of an Old Man with a Stick and Beret" (Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, now attributed to a follower). Since he reverses the original, Bonington must have worked from a print, using brown wash in masterly fashion to capture a range of textures. In 1827 he introduced elements into his own watercolor, "Old Man and Child" (Wallace Collection, London).
Sale, Galerie Koller, March 23, 2007, lot 3404; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
Not in Noon
Patrick Noon Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, Not included.



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