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