View of Rouen from St. Catherine’s Hill

Richard Parkes Bonington British

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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.

View of Rouen from St. Catherine’s Hill, Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London), Watercolor, pen and brown ink, over graphite

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