Bonington, Richard Parkes

BORN 25 Oct 1802, Arnolt, Nottinghamshire - DIED 23 Sep 1828, London: 29 Tottenham Street
CAUSE OF DEATH brain fever
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (036/RS (476) (opposite of WM. Thackeray))

Richard Parkes Bonington was the son of a drawing master. He learned watercolour painting from his father and exhibited in Liverpool when he was eleven years old. In 1817 the family moved to Calais where his father started a lace factory. He took lessons with François Louis Thomas Francia. In 1818 his father opened a shop in Paris and there he met Eugène Delacroix, who became a friend. In 1820 he studied under Antoine-Jean Gros at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

His paintings of Paris and the local country were exhibited in 1822 at the Salon in Paris and in 1824 he received a gold medal. He shared a studio with Delacroix for several months in 1825. In 1826 he visited Italy and stayed in Venice for a month. He suffered from tuberculosis and his parents sent him to London for treatment. There he died in 1828, aged 25. 35 of his works are owned by the Wallace Collection in London.

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The grave of Richard Parkes Bonington at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (25 Mar 2016)


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Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Richard Parkes Bonington - Wikipedia

Bonis, Mélanie

Published: 02 Sep 2018
Last update: 20 Apr 2022