Richard Parkes Bonington
- Richard Parkes Bonington
- Study of a sixteenth-century half suit of armor
- signed or inscribed on the verso: R.P.Bo (cropped)
- oil on canvas
- 9 3/4 by 8 in.; 24.8 by 20.3 cm.
Possibly William Hinxman;
Possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 25 March 1848, lot 5, to Emory;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 16 November 1982, lot 50;
With Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, 1985;
By whom sold to Bill Blass, New York, in 1989;
His sale, New York, Sotheby's, 21-23 October 2003, lot 32 (as Attributed to Richard Parkes Bonington);
There acquired by the present owner.
Bonington made numerous sketches of armor in his short career, though to find one in oil, as opposed to his more numerous drawn examples, is a rare occasion. A number of these sketches were produced during the aforementioned Meyrick visit, a number of which are housed in the British Museum collection (fig.1).