Richard Parkes BONINGTON (near Nottingham 1802 -London 1828) A montage with ten thumbnails: studies of women in hats Brown slip on black pencil strokes and black pencil 13 x 10 ;12x12 ;10x9 ;6x10 ;15x10 ;12,5x10 ;11,5 x11 ;10x16 ;9x12 ;12,5x9,5cm Dimensions of the montage: 32 x 60 cm Each thumbnail is captioned at the bottom in black pencil : "Black velvet beret, Trocadero hat, organdi pilgrim, missionary dress, negligee gauze cap... Insolated, freckles and small tear on one of them Provenance: sent by Bonington to Mrs Perrier in Dunkirk, then by descent
Mrs Perrier asked Bonington to send her, in 1824, examples of Parisian clothing trends for her and her daughters. In a letter of December 3, 1824 to Madame Perrier (lost but known through a transcription at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Bonington mentions spending time in the shops studying fashion. In another letter dated December 31 (lost but also known through a transcription at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Bonington writes that he will send the drawings. We thank Mr. Noon for kindly confirming the authenticity of this drawing from a photograph, and for the information provided.