Joseph-Nicolas taught his son Tony, who like his father was an academic history painter with a taste for human disasters. He also taught at the Académie Julian in Paris.
As Europe slid into the Dark Ages, one king emerged to rule much of what is now France, with one religion, a code of law, and its capital in Paris.
His history paintings make it look as if he was actually present at the time. Just how accurate were they?
Although he did not even make his 26th birthday, Bonington was very successful, and a great influence on Delacroix and others since.