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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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
Docked Ship - Paul Signac - www.nautical-art.info
Docked Ship
Paul Signac
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
Catching whales, 1875 - J.E. Carl Rasmussen - www.nautical-art.info
Catching whales, 1875
J.E. Carl Rasmussen
Peter Walks on Water, 1806 - Philipp Otto Runge - www.nautical-art.info
Peter Walks on Water, 1806
Philipp Otto Runge
Mermaid and Dolphin from A Midsummer Nights Dream,... - Arthur Rackham - www.nautical-art.info
Mermaid and Dolphin from A Midsummer Nights Dream,...
Arthur Rackham
A View of Mount Vesuvius Erupting - Abraham Pether - www.nautical-art.info
A View of Mount Vesuvius Erupting
Abraham Pether
The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson - John Maler Collier - www.nautical-art.info
The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson
John Maler Collier
Musée de Picardie. cliché H.Maertens (1863) - Pierre Cécile Puvis de Chevannes - www.nautical-art.info
Musée de Picardie. cliché H.Maertens (1863)
Pierre Cécile Puvis de Chevannes
City Façades of the Rotterdam and Schiedam Gates in... - Josua de Grave - www.nautical-art.info
City Façades of the Rotterdam and Schiedam Gates in...
Josua de Grave
Lugger Entering Margate - George Chambers - www.nautical-art.info
Lugger Entering Margate
George Chambers
Ship Painting - William Frederick Settle - www.nautical-art.info
Ship Painting
William Frederick Settle

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