About This Artwork

Richard Parkes Bonington
British, 1802-1828

View on the Grounds of a Villa near Florence, 1826

Oil on millboard mounted on canvas
43.1 x 58.4 cm (17 x 23 in.)

Gift of Carol and Joel Honigberg, 2005.291

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Denver Art Museum, Glorious Nature: British Landscape Painting, 1750-1850, December 11, 1993–February 6, 1994, no. 78.

Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, The Romantic Prospect: Plein Air Painters 1780-1850, June 22–August 15, 2004, cat. 84; traveled to Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, September 4–October 31, 2004; Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, November 19, 2004–January 16, 2005.

Publication History

Andrew Shirley, Bonington (London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1940), pp. 66, 104, pl. 90.

Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2006), pp. 32, 34, ill.

Patrick Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 324–25, cat. 260, ill.

Ownership History

Collection of the artist; possibly sold in his estate sale, Sotheby’s, London, June 29–30, 1829, as one of, lot 62, “View in the Environs of Florence”, to Catley for £8.18.0, lot 103, “View in the Gardens of Boboli at Florence”, to Tiffin for £7; or lot 213, “Environs of Florence”, to Glynn for £32.11.0 [buyers and prices according to an annotated copy of the sale catalogue in the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague]. Possibly H. Gritten, London; his sale, Phillip’s, London, March 13, 1835, lot 104 as “A glowing unfinished Landscape with Ruins, with peacock in the foreground” for £29.11.6 [price according to an annotated copy of the sale catalogue in the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague]. G. Arnot, 1939 [according to the mount of a photograph in the Witt Library, London]. Arthur Morrison (died 1945), London, by 1940 [see Shirley 1940]; his estate sale, Sotheby’s, London, March 19, 1946, lot 128 for £185 to Roland [price and buyer according to a sale catalogue in the Ryerson Library, Art Institute of Chicago]; Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London, 1946 [this and the succeeding according to the mount of a photograph of the painting in the Witt Library, London]. Peto. Included in anonymous sale Christie’s, London, April 12, 1991, lot 57, bought in. Sold Christie’s, London, November 15, 1991, lot 70 to Richard L. Feigen & Co.; Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York; sold to Carol and Joel Honigberg, Highland Park, Illinois, 2005; gift of Carol and Joel Honigberg to the Art Institute, 2005.




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