The Belfry, Bergues

Richard Parkes Bonington, 1824 after

LL 3876

About this object

This watercolour is one of seven topographical continental views that are particularly small and framed together in the Lady Lever collection. It was copied by an unknown artist from Bonington's view of the famous 16th-century belfry of Bergues, south of Dunkirk in France. It was originally published in 1824 as part of his 'Restes et Fragmens d'Architecture du Moyen Age' series. The Lady Lever version was most likely copied from the engraving by W J Cooke (baptised 1796 - 1865) which was published in 'The Gem' in 1831. It is very loosely sketched, compressing the height of the belfry that is visible and distorting the strong verticals of the corner turrets. The gap between the houses is also enlarged and some of the figures in the foreground of the original have been omitted.

The belfry, considered to be the finest in France, was destroyed by dynamite on 16 September 1944. A simplified replica was completed in 1961.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    One of Seven Continental Scenes
  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Prout (British: English, born:17 September 1783, died:10 February 1852)
    Copied after Richard Parkes Bonington (British: English, born:25 October 1802, died:23 September 1828)
  • Date
    1824 after
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    image: 7.1 cm x 5 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of the belfry of Bergues from the street with figures and carts in the foreground and houses in front of the turreted tower.
  • Related people
    Richard Parkes Bonington (Artist/maker); Gooden and Fox (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); Samuel Prout (Artist/maker); A Sargent (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    Accession Number: LL 3876; Collection Number: WHL 3528
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1918
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gooden and Fox

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased for William Hesketh Lever from Christie's on 16 May 1918, lot 23
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A Sargent

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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