The following was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
Richard Bonington was born on October 25, 1801 near Nottingham, England, but in his sixteenth year the family moved to Calais, and thereafter he was only an occasional visitor to England. For this reason the majority of his landscapes have French or Italian subjects.
He studied at the Louvre and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris; by his training, his work was more in the French than British school. He studied occasionally with Baron des Gros, but with his ardent temperament he had no taste for the Davidian classicism then still in vogue. After a year with Gros he went off on his own to paint along
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