Down to the river back before ships had engines. 18th century. British artist Samuel Scott (1701/2-1772).

"Pope's Villa, Twickenham." ca. 1759.
“Pope’s Villa, Twickenham.” ca. 1759. Oil on panel. Collection of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. In the public domain because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Samuel_Scott_-_Pope%27s_Villa,_Twickenham_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
"An Arch of Westminster Bridge." ca. 1750.
“An Arch of Westminster Bridge.” ca. 1750. Image © Tate Gallery, London. Fair use license. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/samuel-scott-480
"The Building of Westminster Bridge." 1750.
“The Building of Westminster Bridge.” 1750. Oil on canvas. Private collection. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Samuel_Scott_-_The_Building_of_Westminster_Bridge_-_WGA21089.jpg
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Sailing an American sea with English born artist Thomas Birch (1779-1851). Coming to America as a teenager, he loved to paint portraits of ships and the water they sailed on.

"Boats Navigating the Waves." ca. 1828.
“Boats Navigating the Waves.” ca. 1828. Oil painting. Collection of the Mariner’s Museum, Newport News. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Boats_navigating_the_waves_Thomas_Birch.jpg
"Shipwreck." ca. 1829.
“Shipwreck.” ca. 1829. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Shipwreck_-_Thomas_Birch_-_overall.jpg
"An American Shore Scene." 1827.
“An American Shore Scene.” 1827. Oil on canvas. Private collection. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27An_American_Shore_Scene%27_by_Thomas_Birch,_1827.jpg
"The Constitution." No date.
“The Constitution.” No date. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy Sotheby’s. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Birch_-_The_%E2%80%9AConstitution%E2%80%98.jpg