Bonington landscape saved for Britain

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A work by the English landscape painter Richard Parkes Bonington has been bought by Tate Britain for more than £1m after a Government export ban prevented it leaving the country. French Coast with Fishermen, painted in 1825, was the kind of "major work" which led JMW Turner to pay homage to Bonington.

A work by the English landscape painter Richard Parkes Bonington has been bought by Tate Britain for more than £1m after a Government export ban prevented it leaving the country. French Coast with Fishermen, painted in 1825, was the kind of "major work" which led JMW Turner to pay homage to Bonington.

The oil was bought for £1,284,026 after a £791,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund grant and £100,000 from The National Art Collections Fund.

Bonington, in 1802 and died in 1828, was a key figure in 19th-century English and French Romantic painting. He was raised in Nottingham but moved to France in 1817.

The work is going on display alongside great works by Turner at Tate Britain and embarks on a tour in 2007.

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