Artwork of the Day – Richard Parkes Bonington

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Liverpool artwork of the day – Thursday October 18 2007. ‘Ships at Anchor’ by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 – 1828) at Sudley House

Walking down to the Albert Dock today to have an early view of the Turner Prize exhibition so hoping the warterfront is as calm as in the picture.

Bonington creates a feeling of timeless calm from a few simple elements: the low horizon, the large expanse of sky, the glitter of the sea and the geometrical lines of sails and rigging.

Details such as the seagull alighting on the water, the figures, and the washing hanging between the masts provide gentle animation. The view was painted in Northern France.

The type of ship, a brig, indicates that the port was a commercial centre of some importance.

Sudley House

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