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James Bonnar

 (1883/85 - 1961)
James King Bonnar was active/lived in Massachusetts.  James Bonnar is known for landscape, harbor views, murals.

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Artist Bulletins for James King Bonnar

18 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

I have a painting of job.
Peter mckissick (03/23/2015)
My late aunt and uncle who were Mckissicks worked for people in mass. and fl. My aunt had this painting in her house , which I'm sure she purchased it in mass..

Vivien Hardy (03/18/2015)
Did James King Bonnar paint in Jeffersonville, VT with Gruppe and others from Rockport? I have a barn and fall mountain painting of his that looks like that area?

James Bonnar Paintings
Betsy Todd (06/04/2013)
My father was the late Robert Allen Todd. I believe he was friends of the family? My Mother has one painting from James that she and my father received as a wedding gift, I believe of the Massachusetts cape and another one of a covered bridge.

re: Bonnar family in Orinda, California
Karen Bonnar-Fay (03/08/2013)
Cheers - so nice to see ongoing discussion of my grandfather's paintings and of our family tree. @ J.David Bonnar, the James(Abbe)Bonnar you mentioned in Orinda, California is my father and is the son of James King Bonnar, not his cousin. He moved out west from Newton, Mass in the '50's, has 3 kids, and 6 grandkids, as well as a niece nearby who is also a granddaughter of JKB. I was fortunate to grow up in a house where every room was full of my grandfather's paintings and illustrations. I will post additional info as time permits.

Bonnar picture of a very old lady
Dan Kunitz (09/20/2011)
David, Joan and I bought the Bonnar house in Newton, in 1964 and lived in it until 2000. When we bought the house we were left with a number of James Bonnar pictures some of which a few we gave as a gift to our banker. Two, we gave to our son, David and we have an unsigned picture of an older woman who looks very stern. We will try to take a picture of it and try to put it on line so you can see it. It is very nicely framed which indicates that someone cared for this person. We will stay in touch and if your are in the newton area, we would welcome you to our house. Dan

James Bonnar paintings
David Brooks Bonnar (09/05/2011) grandfather was James Bonnars half Brother as well...his name was Miles A. Bonnar. He was Eleanor Atwoods bother-Betsy mentioned her below..anyway to the point...I have been taking pictures for past few years of James Bonnar paintings-it would be nice if we could somehow get pictures of all in one place...we have several paintings including one of his first paintings-it's small 12"x 8"of a gloustr,MA dad had a painting of my great grandmother his mother which is the only portrait I have ever seen among other scenes...Our family has some other watercolors and oils ...AnywayI don't know how and maybe I will try to get a website where we could upload these pics to...maybe someone like you Dave( son) could tell us where some of these places are-is there anything paintings from north Adams ...well that's all I got...DBB

2nd Cousin of James King Bonnar
J. David Bonnar (09/12/2010)
James King Bonnar was my late father’s cousin (Jay Robert Bonnar, Fall River, MA). I am originally from the Boston area (Cohasset) and my family used to have several James King Bonnar paintings adorning our properties in New England when I was a child. The David Bonnar you reference in your post – given the year of 1842 – would have been my great-great grandfather. David Sr. had a son David who emigrated from the Inverness region of Scotland to Fall River in the late 19th century and had a son Robert James Bonnar, who was my grandfather. There are not many Bonnar’s left from this line in the NE area….just my sister Caroline Bonnar Titus and my brother Christopher Jay Bonnar, as far as I know. My father had another cousin by the name of James Bonnar (also James King Bonnar’s cousin), who is getting on in years but is living happily in Orinda, CA after moving out west from the Fall River area in the early 60’s. He has three children and tons of grandkids, all in CA. If any of the Bonnar's here are interested, I can scan you a copy of our family tree that goes back pretty far and email it to you….let me know if you are interested.

Posess two of James Bonnars paintings and am a relative
Alexander M. Clement (07/20/2010)
David Bonnar's sister, Christina Bonnar Dykes was my great grandmother. My wife Carolyn Stoddard lived in Newtonville and knew of the Bonnar studio. When we married, he presented us with a lovely wedding gift, a pair of beautiful watercolor with a marine subjects. We treasure them I have been busy in my retirement tracing the genealogy of my family and would be delighted to share what I have with anyone who is interested. The Bonnars are spread far and wide. I have a later written in 1842 by a James Bonnar in Ontario to his brother David in Scotland and suspect that this David is James King Bonnar's grandfather but have not been able to verify this. The paintings referred to are now over 55 years old so have taken on the lustre of an heirloom. Alec Clement 781-924-1636

"Bonnar painting, "snow bound"
Jack Smith (10/05/2009)
My wife and I have a painting signed "Jas K Bonnar". We found it in a thrift shop in South Carolina.We wre wondering how it came to be in South Carolina?No one was able to give us any history as to how it made its way South.

James K Bonnar
Marian Menkel (07/09/2009)
We have a mural in our dinning room painted by James K. Bonnar. I have always been curious about him and would love any information you are willing to share. We have enjoyed his mural for over 30 years. Marian

I have 3 of your father's paintings
Kristen G. (01/17/2009)
Hi, I have 3 of your father's paintings that I got from my grandmother who passed away. One is of a country scene (probably VT) and the other two are of ships in a harbor. One of them is when it is low tide and it looks as though the fishermen are repairing their fishing nets. All 3 are in excellent condition. I'd love to know more about your dad.

Somerville, MA Paintings
Steve (06/05/2008)
I have two paintings by James King Bonnar, one is of Powder House Square and the other is of Prospect Hill, both prominent landmarks in Somerville, MA. Both paintings are large, 42" x 66", oil on board. I believe they were painted around 1950. If anyone has any additional information on these, I would love to learn more about them. Thanks!

For David K. Bonnar
Rick Bateman (04/02/2008)
Hi David: My Dad and Uncle Frank were friends and I think, neighbors in Winthrop Road in Lexington. Your Dad was in my parents wedding.My mom just gave me thier wedding gift from Him. Painted in 1950 it is of Rockport Harbor. It has been in our living room all my life and I cherish it. He gave My uncle one of birch trees. Rick Bateman

James King Bonner
Hope Pinkerton (01/10/2008)
I have a beautiful 24" x 30" painting titled "Winter In the Berkshires" by James King Bonnar. It was sold in May of 1954 for $100 to the Northampton Women's Club who presented it as a gift to my great-grandmother for her service to the club. The painting was purchased from the Penny Art Fund Exhibition in Boston, Mass. James Bonnar's address was listed as 49 Judkins Street, Newtonville, Mass.

James King Bonnar
Betsey Sylvester (09/30/2006)
This is my Uncle James - a half brother to my mother Eleanor Bonnar Atwood. Our family has quite a few paintings.

David Bonnar (06/23/2005)
I am the son of artist James king Bonnar;

Paintings, Bonner
David Kunitz (11/08/2004)
I used to live in the Newton home, Judkins St. I wave two paintings from your father. One is from Rockport and one winter scene in poor shape. If you are compiling photo documentation, I would be glad to send images.

David K. Bonnar (11/05/2004)
I need to know where paintings by my father,JAMES KING BONNAR, are located.He was a famous New England painter in the 1930-60s time frame.

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