All Hands to the Pumps – Henry Scott Tuke

Artist: Henry Scott Tuke

A sailing ship is being battered by a storm. Men man the pumps looking up anxiously as the sails are torn away.

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PD Proof : In Famous Paintings selected from the world’s great galleries and reproduced in colour Vol. 2 plate 3

Comment: Great cover for a suitable book featuring a storm at sea.

The Gulf Stream – Winslow Homer

Artist: Winslow Homer

In a rough sea, a small boat with a broken mast tosses on the waves. A man stripped to the waist lies athwart the deck. Sharks circle and in the distance a waterspout approaches.

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PD Proof : In Masterpieces of American Painting, plate 24 (It has also been released by the Metropolitan Museum under a CC1.0 license).

Comment: A dramatic scene. The image is wide and high-resolution, could be cropped many different ways.

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La Mer Orageuse – Gustave Courbet

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.

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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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