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Richard Parkes Bonington
Richard Parkes Bonington was born in the town of Arnold, a suburb of Nottingham in England. His father was successively a gaoler, a drawing master and lace-maker, and his mother a teacher. Bonington learned watercolour painting from his father and exhibited paintings at the Liverpool Academy at age 11.
In 1818, the family moved to Paris to open a lace retail outlet. It was Paris where he first met Eugène Delacroix, who he became friends with. He worked for a time producing copies of Dutch and Flemish landscapes in the Louvre. In 1820, he started attending the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Antoine-Jean, Baron Gros.
It was around this time that Bonington started going on sketching tours in the suburbs of Paris and the surrounding countryside. His first paintings were exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1822. He also began to work in lithography, illustrating Baron Taylor’s "Voyages pittoresques dans l'ancienne France" and his own architectural series "Restes et Fragmens". In 1824, he won a gold medal at the Paris Salon along with John Constable and Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding.
Web sites (not from periodicals)
"BookRags Biography on Richard Parkes Bonington." BookRags. Retrieved 17 November 2004. 
"Olga's Gallery Biography of Richard Parkes Bonington." Retrieved 17 November 2004. 
"The Wallace Collection Biography of Richard Parkes Bonington." Retrieved 17 November 2004. 
"Handprint.com - Biography by Bruce MacEvoy." Retrieved 17 November 2004. 
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