St Sauveur, Dives, Normandy

Richard Parkes Bonington, 1821 - 1824 probably

WAG 967

About this object

The Church at Dives on the Normandy coast was an important sanctuary for pilgrims during the 14th-century religious war there. Bonington was fascinated with medieval monuments and sketched a religious procession at the church while touring Normandy between 1821 and 1822. He had just completed his art training in Paris. Though born in England, Bonington painted mainly in France and his atmospheric views of French landscapes and antiquities combine richness with delicacy. He was of great influence on British painters of picturesque architectural views.

This watercolour is one of several views made by Bonington of the church. There is also a pencil drawing, 'The Church at Dives' (WAG 9196), in the Walker Art Gallery's collection that is presumably a preliminary study. The Victor Rienaker collection also included two pencil drawings of Dives, one of a church, one of a street scene, attributed to Bonington. It has been related to lithographs done by Bonington for Baron Taylor's 'Voyages Pittoresque et Romantique dans l'Ancienne France' of 1825.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Dives: Procession outside the Church; View in Normandy; The Church at Dives, Normany; View of the Cathedral of Dives with a religious Procession entering the Gateway
  • Artist(s)
    Richard Parkes Bonington (British: English, born:25 October 1802, died:23 September 1828)
  • Date
    1821 - 1824 probably
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Paper
  • Measurements
    32.3 x 38.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of a church shown in great detail with a procession of people carrying banners exiting the church on the left. The front wall of the churchyard runs along the bottom of the composition where a beggar is seated in the centre with his stick and hat at either side of him. A red cloak is draped over the wall on the right in front of a group of small trees. Another building can be seen in the distance on the left.
  • Related people
    I A Abram (Previous owner); Richard Parkes Bonington (Artist/maker, previous owner); Lewis Brown (Previous owner); Colnaghi (Previous owner); Houghton (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 967
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Miss I A Abram in 1951
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

Ownership

Previous owners

  • I A Abram

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1921
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1921
  • Houghton

    Owned from: 1835
    How acquired: Bought at Lewis Brown's Christie's sale on 28 May 1835, Lot 64
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Lewis Brown

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1835
    Disposal method: Sold at Lewis Brown's sale at Christie's on 28 May 1835, Lot 64a
  • Colnaghi

    Owned from: 1834
    How acquired: Bought at Bonington's sale at Christie's on 24/ May 1834, Lot 113
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Richard Parkes Bonington

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Sold at Bonington's sale at Christie's on 24 May 1835, Lot 113

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: R.P. Bonington
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: J.Davey and Sons Framemakers / 44 Duke Street, Liverpool 1.
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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