Richard Parkes Bonington
The Pont des Arts, Paris c.1826

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The Pont des Arts, Paris
Date c.1826
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 356 x 451 mm
frame: 610 x 710 x 100 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by P. Ralli 1961
Not on display

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Bonington moved to Paris in 1818 but it appears to have been only towards the end of his life that he paid much attention to the city as a subject for his art. He is reported to have spent his last two months in Paris sketching scenes from a hired cab, perhaps in response to a commission to make drawings for a series of engraved views. This oil sketch of the Pont des Arts and the Ile de la Cité seen from the Quai du Louvre was probably painted a year or so earlier.

September 2004

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