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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Ships Leaving Boston Harbor - Robert Salmon - www.nautical-art.info
Ships Leaving Boston Harbor
Robert Salmon
Ships in Distress in a Heavy Storm - Ludolf Backhuysen - www.nautical-art.info
Ships in Distress in a Heavy Storm
Ludolf Backhuysen
Krieg im Frieden War in Peace time, poster celebrating... - M. Louise Stowell - www.nautical-art.info
Krieg im Frieden War in Peace time, poster celebrating...
M. Louise Stowell
A Southern Harbour Scene - Nicolaes Berchem - www.nautical-art.info
A Southern Harbour Scene
Nicolaes Berchem
The Great Fire of London, 1666 - Lieve Verschuier - www.nautical-art.info
The Great Fire of London, 1666
Lieve Verschuier
S.S. Forfarshire Leaving Hull on her Last Voyage - John Ward - www.nautical-art.info
S.S. Forfarshire Leaving Hull on her Last Voyage
John Ward
Night A Port in the Moonlight, 1748 - Claude-joseph Vernet - www.nautical-art.info
Night A Port in the Moonlight, 1748
Claude-joseph Vernet
A Basket of Clams - Winslow Homer - www.nautical-art.info
A Basket of Clams
Winslow Homer
Fishing Boats, Key West - Winslow Homer - www.nautical-art.info
Fishing Boats, Key West
Winslow Homer
The Mermaid's Rock - Edward Matthew Hale - www.nautical-art.info
The Mermaid's Rock
Edward Matthew Hale
A Calm - Willem van de, the Younger Velde - www.nautical-art.info
A Calm
Willem van de, the Younger Velde
Shore and Surf, Nassau - Winslow Homer - www.nautical-art.info
Shore and Surf, Nassau
Winslow Homer

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