St. Mark's Column in Venice. c.1826-1828. Oil on canvas. Tate Gallery, London, UK.
Richard Parkes Bonington was born in 1802 near Nottingham, England. In about 1817, his family moved to Calais, France. In 1818, Bonington went to Paris, where he met Eugene Delacroix and made watercolor copies of Dutch and Flemish landscapes in the Louvre. In 1821-1822, he studied under Antoine-Jean Gros at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His first works, mostly sketches of Le Havre and Lillebonne, were exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1822. He also began to work in lithography, illustrating Baron Taylorâ€™s Voyages. In 1824, he won a gold medal at the Paris Salon.
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