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Richard Parkes Bonington

Picardy Coast with Children – Sunrise

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Richard Parkes Bonington

Richard Parkes Bonington

Picardy Coast with Children – Sunrise

Picardy Coast with Children – Sunrise

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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Richard Parkes Bonington

Arnold 1801 - 1828 London

Picardy Coast with Children – Sunrise

oil on canvas

43.2 x 54 cm.; 17 x 21 ¼ in.







43.2 x 54 公分;17 x 21 ¼ 英寸

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: Richard Parkes Bonington Picardy Coast with Children – Sunrise Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame in good condition. The painting is glazed. The painting is lined, there is good adhesion between the original canvas and the lining fabric. Good tension is retained throughout. Under raking light slight raised vertical ridges can be noticed along fine dark shrinkage cracking. Some minor debris is trapped between the glass and the paint surface. The paint layer is stable and secure and in very good original preserved condition. The paint texture, visible in the bravura horizontal brushwork in the sky, is intact. The impasted highlights are well preserved, only one or two of the most raised, through the horizontal reflections in the sky, have been slightly compromised. Very minor shrinkage craquelure is visible through the lobster pot behind the children. Chromatic integrity throughout the composition is in a well preserved state and tonal nuance would be improved with removal of the remains of old varnish trapped in the interstices of the brushstrokes. Fine subtle details are intact. The painting is in a very good preserved state and presents well.

"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.


Purchased from the artist at the British Institution in 1826 by Sir George Warrender (1782–1849);

His sale, London, Christie’s, 3 June 1837, lot 15, to Herman;

Nicholas Joseph, 1st Marquis Maison (1771–1840), Paris;

From whom acquired by Henry McConnel (1801–1871) of Cressbrook, Derbyshire;

His sale (‘The Important Collection of Modern Pictures formed by that Distinguished Connoisseur Henry McConnel, Esq., Deceased’), London, Christie’s, 27 March 1886, lot 46, to Agnew’s for 450 gns.;

With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London;

Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Baronet (1823–1906), by 1891;

By descent to his son, Edward Tennant, 1st Baron Glenconner (1859–1920) at the Glen, Peeblesshire;

By descent to his grandson Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner (1926–2010) at The Glen, Peeblesshire;

By whom sold (‘The Property of a Family Trust’), London, Sotheby’s, 14 March 1984, lot 82, to Agnew’s on behalf of the present owners.

Literary Gazette, 4 and 18 February, and 1 April 1826;

La Belle Assemblée, March 1826, p. 136;

La Belle Assemblée, February 1827, p. 134;

P. Tennant, The Children and the Pictures, London 1907, reproduced opposite p. 154;

A. Dubuisson and C.E. Hughes, Richard Parkes Bonington: His Life and Work, London 1924, pp. 150 and 197;

W.T. Whitley, Art in England 1821–37, London 1930, pp. 99–100;

A. Shirley, Bonington, London 1940, pp. 30–31 and 145;

M. Cormack, Richard Parkes Bonington, Oxford 1989, pp. 66 and 97, reproduced pl. 77;

P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington. ‘On the pleasure of painting’, exh. cat., New Haven and London 1991, pp. 150–51, no. 49, reproduced in colour;

P. Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington. The complete paintings, New Haven and London 2008, pp. 41, 199 and 224–25, no. 184, reproduced in colour.


by J. D. Harding, published 1 June 1830

London, British Institution, 1826, no. 242;

London, Royal Academy, Old Masters and Deceased Masters of the British School, 1891, no. 20;

New Haven, Yale Centre for British Art, Richard Parkes Bonington. On the pleasures of painting, 13 November 1991 – 19 January 1992, no. 49;

Paris, Petit Palais, Richard Parkes Bonington. On the pleasures of painting, 5 March 1992 – 17 May 1992, no. 49.