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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Edystone Lighthouse engraved by Henry Roberts (fl.1762)... - (after) Winstanley, Henry - www.nautical-art.info
Edystone Lighthouse engraved by Henry Roberts (fl.1762)...
(after) Winstanley, Henry
Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, Charleston... - William Aiken Walker - www.nautical-art.info
Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, Charleston...
William Aiken Walker
Alfreds galleys attacking the Viking Dragon ships,... - Henry A. (Harry) Payne - www.nautical-art.info
Alfreds galleys attacking the Viking Dragon ships,...
Henry A. (Harry) Payne
A sailing ship firing its cannon, detail from a map... - Abraham Ortelius - www.nautical-art.info
A sailing ship firing its cannon, detail from a map...
Abraham Ortelius
The Retinue of Orestes, costumes for 'Andromache' by... - Philippe Chery - www.nautical-art.info
The Retinue of Orestes, costumes for 'Andromache' by...
Philippe Chery
Blick uber das Bacino di San Marco in Venedig mit Panorama... - Friedrich Nerly - www.nautical-art.info
Blick uber das Bacino di San Marco in Venedig mit Panorama...
Friedrich Nerly
How Indians Catch fish, from Hariot's A Briefe and... - John White - www.nautical-art.info
How Indians Catch fish, from Hariot's A Briefe and...
John White
A hajóhíd a Lánchíd épül? pilléreivel, 1843 - Miklos Barabas - www.nautical-art.info
A hajóhíd a Lánchíd épül? pilléreivel, 1843
Miklos Barabas

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