Le Message, after Bonington. 1826.
Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix
* 1798 in Charenton-Saint-Maurice † 1863 in Paris
Lithograph on chine-collé after Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 Arnold – 1828 London). Size of sheet: 23.5 x 25.7 cm.
Literature: Delteil 52, unrecorded II state.
Very rare and unknown probably second and subsequent state to Delteil. Possibly the work has been transferred to another stone, with highlights gouged into the stone's surface, without the remarque sketches around the image and two borderlines added. All signes of an artist's proof as if in preparation for publication.
Laid down on ornamental print decorated in black and gold on ocher support. The support seems to be also a proof probably for a book binding of around 1900.
Delacroix and Richard Parkes Bonington became close friends around 1816/17 while both studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The two artists travelled around England together in 1825, resulting in a great interest for historical paintings with Medieval and Renaissance settings such as in the present print.