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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Children in the Sea, 1909 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.nautical-art.info
Children in the Sea, 1909
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
A Coastal Scene In Normandy - Charles Euphrasie Kuwasseg, Jr. - www.nautical-art.info
A Coastal Scene In Normandy
Charles Euphrasie Kuwasseg, Jr.
"...These Yellow Sands"
John Edward Brett
Naiad  1887 - Arnold Böcklin - www.nautical-art.info
Naiad 1887
Arnold Böcklin
Double Hemisphere World Map 1587 2 - Gerard Mercator - www.nautical-art.info
Double Hemisphere World Map 1587 2
Gerard Mercator
Flotsam and Jetsam - William McTaggart - www.nautical-art.info
Flotsam and Jetsam
William McTaggart
The Colossus of Rhodes, detail of the statue straddling... - Georg Balthasar Probst - www.nautical-art.info
The Colossus of Rhodes, detail of the statue straddling...
Georg Balthasar Probst
'Le Depart Du Bateau De Sauvetage' - Hendrik Willem Mesdag - www.nautical-art.info
'Le Depart Du Bateau De Sauvetage'
Hendrik Willem Mesdag
East side of Old London Bridge before 1760 - Samuel Scott - www.nautical-art.info
East side of Old London Bridge before 1760
Samuel Scott
Sunrise, Barnegat Beach, New Jersey - Francis Augustus Silva - www.nautical-art.info
Sunrise, Barnegat Beach, New Jersey
Francis Augustus Silva
A Small Canal in Venice - Eugène Boudin - www.nautical-art.info
A Small Canal in Venice
Eugène Boudin
A Boating Party - John Singer Sargent - www.nautical-art.info
A Boating Party
John Singer Sargent

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