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Richard Parkes Bonington, 1802–1828

Seated Turk

Former Title(s):

A Turk Enjoying a Siesta

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
13 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (33.7 x 41.3 cm), Frame: 20 1/2 × 23 1/2 inches (52.1 × 59.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
chiaroscuro | costume | curtains | drapes | fabric | interior | light | man | portrait | red | seated | shadow | slippers | texture | turban | Turkish | vests (main garments) | white (color)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Richard Parkes Bonington was working in the Paris studio of his friend Eugène Delacroix when he painted this canvas depicting a man in Middle Eastern dress holding a pipe. The costume was based on props in Delacroix’s studio, while the setting was purely imaginary: neither Delacroix nor Bonington had ever visited the Ottoman Empire. The painting was included in an exhibition in Paris held to benefit the Greeks in their battle against the invading Turkish forces. The exhibition also included Ary Scheffer’s Retreat of Napoleon’s Army from Russia in 1812, also on view in The Critique of Reason. Journalistic images of this foreign war spurred a great deal of artistic creation during the Romantic period.

Gallery label for the Critique of Reason: Romantic Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26)

Richard Parkes Bonington 2018 (Richard L. Feigen & Co., 2018-10-23 - 2019-01-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Richard Parkes Bonington (Musée du Petit Palais, 1992-03-05 - 1992-05-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Richard Parkes Bonington (Yale Center for British Art, 1991-11-13 - 1992-01-19) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A handbook to the gallery of British paintings in the Art Treasures Exhibition, being a reprint of critical notices originally published in The Manchester Guardian. , Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, pp. 82-83, N5056 M6 H3 1857 (YCBA RARE BOOKS) Also available at SML Fiche B1244 Fiche N.4.2.220 and online at books.google.com [ORBIS]

Art Treasures Exhibition (Manchester, England), Catalogue of the art treasures of the United kingdom., Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, p. 90, no.283, N5056 M35 M25 1857 (YCBA) [YCBA]

British Artists, Their Style and Character, with Engraved Illustrations , Art Journal, vol. 41, May 1858, p. 139, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Matt Cambridge, Richard Parkes Bonington, Young and Romantic , Nottingham, 2002, pp. 60, 13, no. 86, NJ18 B65 C35 2002 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Catalogue of an Exhibition of Pictures and Drawings by Richard Parkes Bonington and his Circle, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1937, p. 27, no. 30, NJ18 B65 B87 1937 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Catalogue of the art treasures of the United Kingdom : collected at Manchester in 1857., Bradbury and Evans, London, p. 90, no. 283, N5056 .M35 M25 1857 (YCBA) Also available in Hathitrust [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Bonington, Phaidon, Oxford, 1989, pp. 92, 94, pl. 74, NJ18 B65 C67 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Duffy, Richard Parkes Bonington, Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London, 2003, pp. 18, 46, fig. 9, NJ18 B65 D84 2003 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Algernon Graves, Century of Loan Exhibitions 1813-1912, 5 v., London, 1913 - 1915, (vol 1) p. 78, no. 180, 283, N5051 G73 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Luke Herrmann, Nineteenth century British painting, Giles de la Mare, London, 2000, p. 148, ND467 H47 2000 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Anne Lyles, " Bonington " by Malcolm Cormack, Burlington Magazine, vol. 132, November 1990, p. 797, N1 B87 132:4 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Memoir of Richard Parkes Bonington, Library of the Fine Arts, vol. 3, March 1832, p. 206, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Thomas Morris, An historical, descriptive, and biographical handbook to the exhibition of the United Kingdom's art treasures, at Manchester, 1857, Wrapper Title : The Painters and their works , Houlston and Wright, London, 1857, p. 28, Available JSTOR [ORBIS]

National Gallery of Ireland, Loans and Purchases , Irish Times, 8 April 1937, p. 8, Available online: Proquest Historical Newspapers, Irish Times [ORBIS]

John Bowyer Nichols, Fine Arts, The Gentleman's Magazine, June 1829, p. 644, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Patrick Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington : "On the pleasure of painting", , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1991, pp. 176-77..., No. 68, NJ18 B65 N66 1991 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Patrick Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington : the complete paintings, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, pp. 430-431, no. 400, NJ18 B65 A12 N66 2008 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

On the Genius of Bonington and His Works, Arnold's Magazine of the Fine Arts, v. 1, no. 2, June 1833, p. 146, Available online: British Periodicals II Also Available: WC 13072 (LSF - Mudd) [ORBIS]

On the Genius of Bonington and His Works, Arnold's Magazine of the Fine Arts, vol 1, May 1833, p. 33, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Elizabeth A. Pergam, The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857, entrepreneurs, connoisseurs and the public , Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, UK, England Burlington, VT, 2011, pp.46, fn..., No. 283 in AT Ex, N5056 M35 P47 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Pictures at the Great Exhibition, Dublin University Magazine, vol. 60, September 1862, p. 323, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Pictures at the International Exhibition, The Times (London), London, 1 May 1862, p. 11, Available online: The Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Morning Chronicle, London, 17 May 1830, Available online: 19th Century British Library Newspapers [ORBIS]

Sotheby's Sales Catalogue : 19th Century European Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture : 20 February 1988, Sotheby's, New York, February 20, 1988, no. 17, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

M. H. (Marion Henry) Spielmann, Gems of the Wallace Collection, Magazine of Art, November 1900, p. 59, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Hugh Stokes, Girtin and Bonington, P. Allan and Co., London, 1922, pp. 155, 156, NJ18 644 S7 (YCBA) [YCBA]

The Companion to a Walk Through the Art Exhibition of Paintings and Engravings at Old Trafford Palace, A. Ireland and Co., Manchester : UK, 1857, p. 81, no. 283, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t10p4pj8s&view=1up&seq=1 [Website]

The International Exhibtion, Athenaeum, May 3, 1862, p. 597, Online: British Periodicals II Also available in hardcopy : A88 At421 + OVERSIZE (SML) [ORBIS]

Gustav Friedrich Waagen, Treasures of art in Great Britain, being an account of the chief collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated mss., & c., &c. , London, 1854, p. 75 (vol. II), N1020 W22 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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