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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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BOB MILLARD - Untitled - Pond at Sunset
Apr 28, 1:00 PM CST
BOB MILLARD - Untitled - Pond at Sunset
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $180- $250
$701 Bid
WOLF KAHN (GERMAN-AMERICAN 1927-2020)
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
WOLF KAHN (GERMAN-AMERICAN 1927-2020)
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$4,0001 Bid
Consalvo Carelli (1818-1900), Italian School, Pencil drawing, Pescatori fis
Apr 29, 9:00 AM BST
Consalvo Carelli (1818-1900), Italian School, Pencil drawing, Pescatori fis
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£401 Bid
Martin Rosenthal (NY,MA,1899-1974) ink painting
Jun 30, 11:45 AM EDT
Martin Rosenthal (NY,MA,1899-1974) ink painting
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $320- $400
$100 Bids
SCHOUMAN, Martinus (1770-1848). (Seascape). N.d. Drawing in pen and grey ink wash
May 07, 1:30 PM CEST
SCHOUMAN, Martinus (1770-1848). (Seascape). N.d. Drawing in pen and grey ink wash
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
Johannes Herman Brandt, 1850-1926, view from Bornholm
Apr 27, 2:30 PM CEST
Johannes Herman Brandt, 1850-1926, view from Bornholm
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €150- €300
€1200 Bids
§ TRISTRAM HILLIER (BRITISH 1905-1983)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
§ TRISTRAM HILLIER (BRITISH 1905-1983)
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £800- £1,200
£6500 Bids
CALAME, ALEXANDRE, Umkreis - Circle: Am Seeufer.
May 02, 9:00 AM CEST
CALAME, ALEXANDRE, Umkreis - Circle: Am Seeufer.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
Karolus Lodenkämper (1943 Walsrode – lebt in Düsseldorf)
May 04, 2:00 PM CEST
Karolus Lodenkämper (1943 Walsrode – lebt in Düsseldorf)
by AaG Auktionshaus am Grunewald
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
TABLEAU "BORD DE RIVIÈRE" de DELAFONTAINE (XIX-XXe) Pastel marouflé sur toi
Apr 28, 2:00 PM CEST
TABLEAU "BORD DE RIVIÈRE" de DELAFONTAINE (XIX-XXe) Pastel marouflé sur toi
by Paris Oise Enchères
Est: €80- €120
€700 Bids
PEGEEN VAIL, (American, 1925-1967), On the Grand Canal, pastel on paper, 10 x 13 in., frame: 18 x 21 in.
May 04, 11:00 AM EDT
PEGEEN VAIL, (American, 1925-1967), On the Grand Canal, pastel on paper, 10 x 13 in., frame: 18 x 21 in.
by Grogan & Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
William Partridge Burpee (1846 - 1940) American
Apr 28, 1:00 PM EDT
William Partridge Burpee (1846 - 1940) American
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$1000 Bids
FINK, WALDEMAR THEOPHIL: "Bei Einigen am Thunersee".
May 04, 9:00 AM CEST
FINK, WALDEMAR THEOPHIL: "Bei Einigen am Thunersee".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF350- CHF700
CHF3300 Bids
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Moses Levy, Gondole. 1949.
May 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Moses Levy, Gondole. 1949.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
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Mario Puccini, Barche.
May 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Mario Puccini, Barche.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
JO LEVASSEUR - SUNSET ON THE EQUINOX
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
JO LEVASSEUR - SUNSET ON THE EQUINOX
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
NOËL, JULES ACHILLE: Segelboot vor hügeligem Seeufer.
May 02, 9:00 AM CEST
NOËL, JULES ACHILLE: Segelboot vor hügeligem Seeufer.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF80- CHF150
CHF800 Bids
Antique Napoli Lakescape Pastel by F. Romano
Apr 28, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Napoli Lakescape Pastel by F. Romano
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$1000 Bids
L'EPLATTENIER, CHARLES: Le Doubs.
May 03, 9:00 AM CEST
L'EPLATTENIER, CHARLES: Le Doubs.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF500- CHF1,000
CHF5000 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] Mississippi River Sketch
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] Mississippi River Sketch
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Seascape Drawings


Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG

Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG

Shannon's

Shannon's

Coral Gables Auction

Coral Gables Auction

Grogan & Company

Grogan & Company