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Maritime paintings and ship portraits

painting of a ship sailing on a stormy sea

'PS Victory' by Samuel Walters

The maritime paintings in the Merseyside Maritime Museum collection provide a comprehensive record of Liverpool merchant vessels and the city’s shipping activity.

A large number of the paintings in the collection are ship portraits, which were detailed depictions produced for people who were most familiar with this subject matter. From crew to masters. The collection also represents impressive views of the River Mersey and the port of Liverpool.

Paintings from the collection are on display throughout the museum.

You can see all the paintings in the collection on the Art UK website.

The museum also holds a vast works on paper collection including posters and watercolours.