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Nautical art began in earnest as an art form at the dawn of this country as portraits- not of the sailors but of their vessels.

Created by portrait artists who turned from people to profiles of ships, the paintings were commissioned by captains, owners and shipbuilders interested in documenting their vessels.

Historically, nautical art has been about boats on the water. Early maritime painters focused on capturing a good likeness of the vessels but tended to miss the finer elements of the natural environment.

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Shipping on a River - Petrus Paulus Schiedges - www.nautical-art.info
Shipping on a River
Petrus Paulus Schiedges
Christopher Columbus 1451-1506 on board his caravel... - Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet - www.nautical-art.info
Christopher Columbus 1451-1506 on board his caravel...
Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet
The Midday Rest Sailors Yarning, 1906 - Henry Scott Tuke - www.nautical-art.info
The Midday Rest Sailors Yarning, 1906
Henry Scott Tuke
Ship at Sea, Sunset - Edward Moran - www.nautical-art.info
Ship at Sea, Sunset
Edward Moran
A Snowy Harbor View - Fritz Thaulow - www.nautical-art.info
A Snowy Harbor View
Fritz Thaulow
Hunting Sea Creatures, plate 84 from Venationes Ferarum... - Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet - www.nautical-art.info
Hunting Sea Creatures, plate 84 from Venationes Ferarum...
Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet
Battle of New Orleans - Jean-Hyacinthe Laclotte - www.nautical-art.info
Battle of New Orleans
Jean-Hyacinthe Laclotte
Panorama of London and the Thames, part two showing... - Nicolaes (Claes) Jansz Visscher - www.nautical-art.info
Panorama of London and the Thames, part two showing...
Nicolaes (Claes) Jansz Visscher
Sunbathing in the Dunes - Paul-Gustave Fischer - www.nautical-art.info
Sunbathing in the Dunes
Paul-Gustave Fischer
A Shipwreck In A Stormy Sea By The Coast - Claude-joseph Vernet - www.nautical-art.info
A Shipwreck In A Stormy Sea By The Coast
Claude-joseph Vernet
Old London Bridge, detail from Vischers London, 17th... - Nicolaes (Claes) Jansz Visscher - www.nautical-art.info
Old London Bridge, detail from Vischers London, 17th...
Nicolaes (Claes) Jansz Visscher
Mermaid and Dolphin from A Midsummer Nights Dream,... - Arthur Rackham - www.nautical-art.info
Mermaid and Dolphin from A Midsummer Nights Dream,...
Arthur Rackham
Catching whales, 1875 - J.E. Carl Rasmussen - www.nautical-art.info
Catching whales, 1875
J.E. Carl Rasmussen
Key West - Winslow Homer - www.nautical-art.info
Key West
Winslow Homer
The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson - John Maler Collier - www.nautical-art.info
The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson
John Maler Collier
Hudson River, Logging - Winslow Homer - www.nautical-art.info
Hudson River, Logging
Winslow Homer
Peter Walks on Water, 1806 - Philipp Otto Runge - www.nautical-art.info
Peter Walks on Water, 1806
Philipp Otto Runge
A View of Mount Vesuvius Erupting - Abraham Pether - www.nautical-art.info
A View of Mount Vesuvius Erupting
Abraham Pether
Lugger Entering Margate - George Chambers - www.nautical-art.info
Lugger Entering Margate
George Chambers
Around the Lighthouse - Edward Moran - www.nautical-art.info
Around the Lighthouse
Edward Moran
Mountain Landscape with Watermill - Herman Herzog - www.nautical-art.info
Mountain Landscape with Watermill
Herman Herzog
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - Georges Seurat - www.nautical-art.info
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.nautical-art.info
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee
Rembrandt Van Rijn
A Southern Harbour Scene - Nicolaes Berchem - www.nautical-art.info
A Southern Harbour Scene
Nicolaes Berchem
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