Review by Choice Review
This book on Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828), one of the outstanding figures in British Romantic painting despite his short life and career spent mostly in France, has appeared in conjunction with an important retrospective of the artist's work at the Yale Center for British Art. Patrick Noon is curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center and the author of a number of articles on Bonington. His lavish and scholarly study of this young artist, which uses the format of a long narrative followed by a catalog of paintings in the Yale exhibition, comes on the heels of Malcolm Cormack's Bonington (1989), a lively and informative overview of the artist and his work. Noon's effort is twice as long as Cormack's, with twice as many illustrations (most in excellent color). Moreover, its thorough documentation should make it the first choice for the academic audience. Both authors bring interesting insights to the subject and art libraries will want to possess both books.-W. S. Rodner, Tidewater Community College
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