Artist: George Wesley Bellows
A waterfront scene. On the water is a large ocean liner with a tug. In the foreground are workers and a pair of horses.
Source File: Here : 5935 x 4226 pixels.
PD Proof : In The International Studio V.49 p250
Comment: Great for any novel set on the waterfront, or even on board a liner. It was painted about the same year as the Titanic went down. This is a wide, high-resolution image, could be cropped many ways, for example, to zoom in on just the liner.
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Artist: Thomas Somerscales
A sailing ship with full sails heads towards us on a calm sea.
Source File: Here : 3855 × 2880 pixels.
PD Proof : In Royal Academy 1908 p.35
Comment: Good PD paintings of sailing ships are very hard to come by.
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Artist: Caspar David Friedrich
Three figures sit on the rocks next to a sea shore at night. Moonlight shows two sailing boats off the coast.
Source File: Here : 1616 x 1234 pixels (based on a screen grab).
PD Proof : In Caspar David Friedrich by Otto Fischer
Comment: Dreamy scene in the days of sailing ships. Suitable for some nautical tale?
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Artist: Gustave Courbet
A rowing boat sits at the shore of a raging sea. In the sea is a small boat with an orange sail. Storm clouds gather.
Source File: Here : 3,337 × 2,410 pixels.
PD Proof : In The History of Modern Painting (1907) p. 412
Comment: Could be good for a novel about sea-faring or piracy?
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