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RICHARD PARKES BONINGTON, Verona, Piazza dell'Erbe c. 1826-7. Tate Gallery

RICHARD PARKES BONINGTON, (1802-1828) was born a generation later than Girtin but, like Girtin, died young. Bonington's family moved to France in 1816 and his mature work was done largely on the Continent. He and John Constable were instrumental in bringing the English vision to France after the wars with Napoleon (he inspired Delacroix to work in watercolour). Bonington was a remarkable artist combining Girtin's precise drawing and firm design with sparkling colour washes, setting a professional standard to which watercolour aspired for over a century thereafter.


TERRY FENTON