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

View of Rouen from St. Catherine’s Hill

Artist:
Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Date:
1821–22
Medium:
Brush and watercolor and pen and brown ink over graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 5 13/16 x 9 1/16 in. (14.8 x 23 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, David T. Schiff Gift, Harry G. Sperling Fund, and Karen B. Cohen Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.277
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 top center of verso: "Vue de Rouen"

Inscription: Signed in pen and brown ink at bottom center of verso: "R.P. Bonington"
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.