Breakwaters on a Normandy beach
pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic, and with scratching out on paper
414 x 738 in. (10.8 x 18.7 cm.)
The Hon. Mrs Fitzroy-Newdigate; Christie's, London, 14 March 1952, part of lot 208 (to Agnew's).
with Agnew's, 1953.
Major G.F.G. Cumberlege, by descent until 1997.
with Agnew's, London.
M. and Mme. Gerald Bauer; Christie's, London, 22 January 2003, lot 51.
W. Hauptman, L'Âge d'Or de l'Aquarelle Anglaise 1770-1900, Lausanne, 1999, pp. 154-155, no. 97, illustrated in colour.
London, Agnew's, 60th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours, 1953, no. 109.
London, Agnew's, 125th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, 1998, no. 67, illustrated in colour.
Lausanne, Fondation de l'Hermitage, L'Âge d'Or de l'Aquarelle Anglaise 1770-1900, 22 January - 24 May 1999, no. 97.
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The present composition can be compared to Richard Parkes Bonington's work of 1823-24. His oil paintings and watercolours of Calais and Ouistreham include lively figures with hats accented in red, similar to those in Boys's watercolour.

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