Souvenir album

Monday, February 5th 2018

Gazette Internationale, Philippe Dufour

Richard Parkes BONINGTON (près de Nottingham 1802 -Londres 1828) <br />
Femme priant sur une tombe.<br />
Haut. 11, Larg. 8 cm.
Richard Parkes BONINGTON (près de Nottingham 1802 -Londres 1828)
Femme priant sur une tombe.
Haut. 11, Larg. 8 cm.

In the sitting room of the Château de Coulonges, in the Sarthe department, an album containing around fifty original gouache and watercolour drawings was long displayed like a guestbook. Carefully preserved by the descendants of its author, Baron François Adolphe Akermann (1809-1890), it was admired by visitors for over a century. This governor of the Bank of France created the collection for his wife on the “liber amicorum” model. Following a well-established tradition, it was considered good formfor guests at a château to expresstheirthanks with a pencil or watercolour composition, which their hosts would hasten to add to their collection. Mounted on single medium-sized loose leaves (20 x 30 cm), these fragile creations have been protected from the light and are still remarkably fresh.They will be auctioned separately, with estimates ranging from€500 for an inkwash by Émile Jean-Horace Vernet to €8,000/10,000 for a “Seascape” by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828), who also did this
“Woman praying over a tomb”(€5,000/6,000). Together, these numerous French and foreign signatures represent a sizeable selection of the mid-19th-century Romantic school.

Vendôme, Rouillac auction house.
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