Down to the water not so long ago. English. Robert Salmon, painter. Living from 1775 to 1845, he was British but came to the United States in 1828 and painted there for several years. Painting maritime scenes and seascapes, he is considered the father of American Luminism.

“British and German Vessels in a Stiff Breeze at the Mouth of a Harbor.” 1840. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “R. SALMON/1840” on the lower right. inscribed “No 53/Painted by R. Salmon/1840” on the reverse. Inscribed on the reverse with provenance information in a later hand. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC, Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/40
“View of Palermo.” 1845. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_View_of_Palermo.jpg
“Ferryboat.” 1835. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “R. S. 1835” on the lower right. Image source: Heritage Auctions. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_Ferryboat.jpg

Light filled landscapes with a romantic air filled with sun and water. French. Félix Ziem, artist. Living from 1821 to 1911, Ziem is known for his light-filled depictions of waterways in Venice and Constantinople (Istanbul).

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“Aqua Alta.” Undated. Oil on panel. Signed “Ziem” on the lower right. Image source: Christies. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Felix_ziem_aqua_alta).jpg

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“View of Istanbul.” 1850-1900. Oil on canvas. Source: Ophelia2. Collection of the Pera Museum, Istanbul. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F%C3%A9lix_Ziem_-_View_of_Istanbul.jpg

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‘Topi et Gondole dans le Bassin.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed “Ziem” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/felix-ziem-french-1821-1911-topi-et-5673203-details.aspx

Down to the water with American painter Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908). Studied with Albert Bierstadt and part of the tail end of the Hudson River School.

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Marine landscape. ca. 1895. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/10215

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“Castle Rock, Marblehead.” 1878. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alfred_Thompson_Bricher_-_Castle_Rock,_Marblehead_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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“Grand Manan.” ca. 1888. Oil on canvas. Image © Birmingham Museum of Art. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.artsbma.org/collection/grand-manan/

Out to sea with William Ayerst Ingram (W. Ayerst Ingram) who lived from 1855 to 1913. An English painter and member of the Newlyn School, he was a friend of Harold and Laura Knight. A member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors.

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“Sailing Ship at Sea with Ghost Freighter.” Date unknown. In the public domain in the United States because the artist had been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Ayerst_Ingram_-_Sailing_Ship_At_Sea.jpg

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“Schooner on the High Seas.” No date. Oil on canvas. Collections of and photo © Falmouth Art Gallery. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/schooner-on-the-high-seas-14651

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“Falmouth Bay.” No date. Watercolor and body color. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/william-ayerst-ingram/falmouth-bay-ArNkHKpkxvN0j-800VFGjQ2

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Seascape with sailing vessel in foreground. No date. Watercolor. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18915/lot/260/

Nineteenth century paintings of the Rock of Gibraltar. Different artists, two being British.

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ENGLISH SCHOOL, EARLY 19TH CENTURY “An early view of Gibraltar with landmarks.” Early 19th c. English school. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26027/lot/27/?category=list&length=114&page=1

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“Gibraltar.” 1876. British. Signed and dated “James Webb 76” on the lower right. James Webb, artist (1825-1895). Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/james-webb-1825-1895-gibraltar-5834256-details.aspx

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“Views of Algeciras on the Rock of Gibraltar.” No date. German. Fritz Bamberger, artist (1814-1873). In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/views-of-algeciras-on-the-rock-of-gibraltar-fritz-bamberger.html

Down to the sea with painter James Hamilton (1819-1878). Born in Ireland he immigrated to the United States and worked here.

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“Near Point Pedro, Below the Golden Gate.” 1877. Oil on canvas. Image © 2019 Woodmere Art Museum. Fair use license. via https://woodmereartmuseum.org/explore-online/collection/near-point-pedro-below-the-golden-gate

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Untitled. No date. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2020 Terenchin. Fair use license. via https://www.terenchin.com/2016/12/02/james-hamilton-1819-1878/

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“What are the Wild Waves Saying.” No date. In the public domain due to age. via https://prabook.com/web/james.hamilton/3742282#works

Down to the water and into a boat with Canadian-American Tonal painter Edward Mitchell Bannister. Living from 1828 to 1901, he liked to paint pastoral scenes. He was one of the few Black painters of the nineteenth century to win significant recognition in North America.

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“The Farm Landing.” 1892. Oil on canvas. Collection of the White House, Washington, DC. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edward_Mitchell_Bannister_-_The_Farm_Landing_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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“River Scene.” 1883. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27River_Scene%27_by_Edward_Mitchell_Bannister,_1883,_oil_on_canvas,_Honolulu_Museum_of_Art.JPG

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“Dorchester, 1856.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (and the Renwick Gallery) . In the public domain due to age. via https://www.oceansbridge.com/shop/artists/b/ba-baq/edward-mitchell-bannister/dorchester-1856

Painting somewhere down near the water. American. Mary Blood Mellen, painter (1819-1886). Studying under artist Fitz Henry Lane, she is associated with the Hudson River School.

"Field Beach, Stage Fort Park." ca. 1850. Oil on canvas mounted over board.
“Field Beach, Stage Fort Park.” ca. 1850. Oil on canvas mounted over board. Image © Cape Ann Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/objects/field-beach-stage-fort-park/

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“Moonlight Landscape.” 19th c. In the public domain due to age. via https://americangallery.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/mary-blood-mellen-1817-1882/

"Boat in Gloucester Harbor." 19th c. Oil on canvas.
“Boat in Gloucester Harbor.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2432/lots/71

Down to the sea with French artist Henry Mosny, a 19th century painter who mostly painted the seashore.

"Fisherman's family in the Côte d'Opale." 1885.
“Fisherman’s family in the Côte d’Opale.” 1885. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “HMosny 1885”. Image © HAMPEL Fine Art Auctions Munich. Fair use license. via https://www.hampel-auctions.com/a/Henry-Mosny-Maler-des-19-Jahrhunderts.html?a=99&s=417&id=524444&q=9742&kid=9742&qa=

Untitled work. 1888. Oil on panel.
Untitled work. 1888. Oil on panel. Signed and dated on the lower right. Image © Fine Art Auctions Paris (FAAP). Fair use license. via http://auctionsparis.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9591407&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=

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Landscapes by American painter Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925). Various collections. Mostly with trees, one with just water.

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“Morning.” Undated. Image courtesy Peabody Institute. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.urbanartantiques.com/2009/dwight-william-tryon-and-his-early-spring/

"After Sunset looking East." 1915. Painting.
“After Sunset looking East.” 1915. Painting. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:After_sunset_looking_east_dwight_william_tryon.jpeg

"Apple Blossoms." ca. 1895.
“Apple Blossoms.” ca. 1895. Painting. Signed D W Tryon 1805″ on the bottom right. Uploaded by and collection of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Apple_Blossoms_-_Dwight_William_Tryon_-_overall.jpg

"Before Sunrise, June 1905." 1905.
“Before Sunrise, June.” 1905. Oil on canvas. Image © 2019 Detroit Institute of Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.dia.org/art/collection/object/sunrise-june-63762