Spending much of the year on the French coast of the Channel, Bonington observes the extreme colors of the day at sunrise and sunset. Turner also had been inspired by Girtin.
At that time, the French began to take interest in the preservation of their heritage. Bonington made a few illustrations for the first volumes, devoted to Normandy, of the Voyages Pittoresques dans l'Ancienne France by Taylor and Nodier.
Influenced by Delacroix, Bonington transposes his effects of light into oils on canvas from 1823 with a fluidity and easiness that break from classicism. He finally sees Turner's landscapes in 1825.
On July 9 in London, Christie's sells an oil on canvas 60 x 81 cm showing fisherfolk and a boat on the beach, lot 26 estimated £ 2M. The halo in the pure sky is worthy of Turner. This artwork is not located but it is not surprising because the Romantic artists did not paint outdoors.
This typical painting from the very short period of Bonington's maturity was probably made in 1826 just before his departure for Venice. Like Girtin before him, he could have become a great artist. He died of tuberculosis in 1828, aged 26.