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Bonington was trained as a painter in watercolour, but around late 1823 he also took up oil painting. His instinctive talent is demonstrated by this wonderfully accomplished scene on the coast of northern France, painted within only three years after he took up the medium. Based on a drawing made during one of his sketching trips, it beautifully suggests a fresh and cloudy morning by a sea that is subject to storms – note the fallen crow’s nest in the foreground.
oil on canvas
36.8 x 50.7 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1853; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897
The Wallace Collection
Hertford House Manchester Square, London, Greater London W1U 3BN EnglandView venue
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