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Richard Parkes Bonington

Henry IV praying, accompanied by two ladies (La Prière)

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Richard Parkes Bonington

Richard Parkes Bonington

Henry IV praying, accompanied by two ladies (La Prière)

Henry IV praying, accompanied by two ladies (La Prière)

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

40,320

USD

Richard Parkes Bonington

Arnold 1801 - 1828 London

Henry IV praying, accompanied by two ladies (La Prière)


watercolor and gouache over traces of black chalk, heightened with gum arabic;

signed and dated lower left: RP Bonington 1826

sheet: 7 1/2 by 6 1/2 in.; 19.2 by 16.7 cm.

framed: 16 7/8 by 15 3/4 in.; 43 by 40 cm.

Hinge-mounted by the sheet's four corners to a modern card backing. There is some craquelure to passages of the gouache to the left edge and some minor nicks to the upper left corner and center of the sheet. The combination of watercolor and gouache remain in predominantly good condition throughout with the overall image strong and the colors vibrant. Sold in a modern Empire style frame.
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Duchesse d'Uzes, France;
Private collection, France;
With Galerie de Bayser, Paris, 2010;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Piasa, 17 December 2010, lot 101;
There acquired by Richard L. Feigen.
P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Drawings, New Haven 2011, p. 215, no. 360a, reproduced.

Prior to its reemergence in 2010 (see Provenance) the composition of this previously unrecorded watercolor was only known, with slight variations, as a lithograph in the suite Cahier de Six Sujets of late 1826, entitled La Prière.1 Noon has pointed out that the figures derive from studies of the funerary monuments of Lord Norris and Lord Shrewsbury in Westminster Abbey, which Bonington sketched in 1825. He has also noted that the physiognomies of the cavalier and his spouse in the lithograph closely resemble those of King Henri IV and Marie de' Medici,2 an observation which applies to the present work as well. Noon has suggested that the blue ribbon worn by the kneeling chevalier probably alludes to the Ordre du Saint-Esprit, a French order of chivalry founded by Henri III, which further supports Noon's previous suggestion that La Prière represents an episode in the life of Henri IV and his queen, Marie de' Medici.


The aforementioned lithograph differs from the watercolor in a number of respects, such as the less elaborate architectural setting and the addition of the dog in the left foreground. 


1. For the lithograph see P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington. The Complete Paintings, New Haven and London, 2008, no. 360, p. 394 (ill. fig. 1)

2. Ibid. For the studies of the funerary monuments, see Noon 2008, cat. nos. 313-14