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Seascape Drawings

Seascape drawings cater to man's perennial fascination with the sea as a source of abundance, raw power, and beauty. Since the beginning of mankind, cultures adjacent to the coast have revered the majesty and mystery of the ocean. Similarly, as long as humans have been drawing, they have produced renditions of the sea to preserve its capricious and ephemeral visage, whether captured in a tempestuous rage or placid stillness.

Certain artists, such as John Frederick Kensett and Winslow Homer, are arguably best known for their seascapes. The diversity of seascape drawings offers a testament to the countless ways that the oceans and shore appear depending on the season, weather, and time of day, as well as the myriad ways in which these observations can be illustrated.


Quick Facts

  • John Frederick Kensett, a 19th century artist, is a master of the movement known as "Luminism." His seaside drawings are renowned for their lifelike realism and what some regard as an alien stillness that pervades the landscapes
  • Winslow Homer’s seascapes, by contrast, tend to emphasize the ferocious potential of the oceans. They are typically executed in expressive and gestural strokes
  • While the paintings of acclaimed masters such as Kensett and Homer can be worth in excess of many hundreds of thousands of dollars, drawings of a similar style can often be purchased for several thousand

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Venedig.
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Venedig.
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Est: €70- €100
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FRANZ HECKENDORF 'SCHLEUSENBRÜCKE IN BERLIN SPANDAU' (1927)
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Roswell T. Weidner. "Sleepers River, VT," charcoal
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Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
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Diener-Dénes Rudolf (1889 - 1956): Seine, Paris
Dec 15, 6:00 PM CET
Diener-Dénes Rudolf (1889 - 1956): Seine, Paris
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Est: Ft400,000- Ft500,000
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Bachmann, Alfred ("Alf") August Felix (1863 Dirschau - Ambach am Starnberger See 1956)
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Bachmann, Alfred ("Alf") August Felix (1863 Dirschau - Ambach am Starnberger See 1956)
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Bachmann, Alfred ("Alf") August Felix (1863 Dirschau - Ambach am Starnberger See 1956)
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Bachmann, Alfred ("Alf") August Felix (1863 Dirschau - Ambach am Starnberger See 1956)
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Sidney W. Probert (American, 1865-1919), Seascape
Dec 15, 9:00 AM EST
Sidney W. Probert (American, 1865-1919), Seascape
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
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William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
by Vallot Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
by Vallot Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Richard Carle - Drawing
Dec 15, 2:00 PM EST
Richard Carle - Drawing
by East Coast Books
Est: $100- $150
$400 Bids
Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017) important American artist
Dec 15, 2:00 PM EST
Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017) important American artist
by East Coast Books
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Richard Carle Drawing
Dec 15, 2:00 PM EST
Richard Carle Drawing
by East Coast Books
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
George Chann, Untitled
Dec 13, 11:00 AM CST
George Chann, Untitled
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Est: $2,000- $3,000
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Messina - [Messina]
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CET
Messina - [Messina]
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Est: €300- €500
€2000 Bids
William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
by Vallot Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
"Vue du pont Neuf à Paris" pastel sur papier brun.…
Dec 13, 6:30 PM CET
"Vue du pont Neuf à Paris" pastel sur papier brun.…
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Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
George Loftus Noyes (American, Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1864 - 1954)
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
George Loftus Noyes (American, Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1864 - 1954)
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Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
RAFAEL DURANCAMPS - View of the port of Palamós
Dec 13, 5:00 PM CET
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by Subastas Segre
Est: €0- €0
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Bernard Perlin (American, 1918-2014) Mediterranean island Ink on paper 16-3/4 x
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CST
Bernard Perlin (American, 1918-2014) Mediterranean island Ink on paper 16-3/4 x
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Est: $400- $600
$10 Bids
Style of Laurence Stephen Lowry RA (Brit
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Est: £300- £500
£1800 Bids
Champagne, Horace - La Baie, Bagotville Québec - 1986
Dec 13, 7:00 PM EST
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Est: $2,500- $3,000
$2,0000 Bids
Isaac PAILES (1895-1978) Le port
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
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Roswell T. Weidner. "Whitesbog 2," pastel
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Roswell T. Weidner. "Whitesbog 2," pastel
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$5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Seascape Drawings


Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes

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East Coast Books

East Coast Books

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper