• Shipping off the Coast in rough Seas -

    Signed lower right: Chas Bentley. 1833

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour, gum arabic, stopping out and scratching out

    22.8 by 29.9 cm., 9 by 12 ½ in.



    With Guy Peppiatt Fine Art, 2013, where bought by the father of the present owner



    Guy Peppiatt Fine Art, British Drawings and Watercolours, exhibition catalogue, 2013, no.28

  • Fishermen picking up a Buoy in stormy Weather off Folkestone, Kent -

    Watercolour heightened with bodycolour, scratching out and gum arabic

    15.2 by 22 cm., 6 by 8 ¾ in.


    Bentley specialised in marine scenes, often with extensive use of scratching out. This watercolour which dates from the 1830s shows the influence of Bonington’s marine scenes of the mid 1820s. Bentley was apprenticed to the engraver Theodore Fielding (1781-1851) until 1827. Fielding produced places for Bonington’s work which Bentley would have had access to.

  • Shipping in Calais Harbour -

    Signed lower right: CBentley

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and scratching out

    30.3 by 44.2 cm., 11 ¾ by 17 ¼ in.


    This is a view of Calais from the north showing the old town ramparts. To the left is the tower of the church of Notre Dame with to the right the Belfry of the town hall and the Tour Du Guet which served as a lighthouse until a new one was built in 1848. The column on the harbour front is a monument to mark the return to France of Louis XVIII on 24th April 1814 after the initial downfall of Napoleon. He landed at Calais on his way to Paris. In 1939 the monument was moved to the Courgain area of the city as it impeded development of Calais harbour. 

  • View of the town of Hull -

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out

    222 x 303 mm., 8 ¾ x 11 ¾ in.


    Hull sits on the North Sea at the confluence of the Hull and Humber rivers. The spire of the medieval Hull Minster is visible to the left.


    The influence of Richard Parkes Bonington is often evident in Bentley’s work. He was apprenticed to the engraver Theodore Fielding (1781-1851) until 1827 and Fielding produced plates for Bonington’s work.

  • A Storm off the French Coast -

    Signed lower right: C. Bentley

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and scratching out

    26.5 by 39.2 cm., 10 ¼ by 15 ¼ in.


    Bentley was apprenticed to the engraver Thales Fielding (1781-1851) where he helped produce engravings of Bonington’s work which had a clear influence on his work. He specialised in marine and coastal watercolour and sometimes travelled with his friend William Callow. This is likely to date from one of his three visits to Normandy between 1836 and 1841.
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