Richard Parkes Bonington

French Coast with Fishermen

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Artist
Richard Parkes Bonington 1802–1828
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 643 x 967 mm
frame: 826 x 1155 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and Tate Members 2004
Reference
T11900

Display caption

After the Napoleonic War, cultural exchange with continental Europe resumed with artists travelling back and forth across the Channel. For its variety, originality and painterly qualities British painting was especially admired in France. The appearance of British pictures in the so-called ‘English salon’ (Salon des Anglais) in Paris in 1824 encouraged French artists to visit London. Bonington lived in Paris, and French Coast with Fishermen was almost certainly included in the 1824 Salon. Bonington’s exhibit caused a sensation and like John Constable, he was awarded a gold medal.

Gallery label, October 2018

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