September 20, 2019 9:06 am Published by

Francis’s watercolours of shipping executed in Calais in the latter period of his career are considered to be amongst his finest works. His watercolours are very close to those by Bonnington, to whom he gave lessons, and it is difficult to tell which of the two influences the other more.
Francia was born in France, but decided to seek his fortune as an artist in London, moving there in 1790, where he met and worked with Girtin. In 1817, however, he came to the conclusion that, if he returned to Calais, he would have a monopoly on the depiction of the Northern coastal scenes in Rouen, le Havre and Dieppe.

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