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The Ferens Art Gallery has an important and unique collection of maritime painting, including works by Richard Parkes Bonington, John Ward and William Frederick Settle, the latter two representatives of the important nineteenth century Hull School of Marine Painting. The gallery also includes Herbert Draper’s impressive canvas, Ulysses and the Sirens (1909) which is requested on loan by museums and galleries around the world.


The Ferens also have seascapes and maritime work by modern and contemporary artists like Keith Vaughan, Spencer Tunick and Anya Gallaccio.

22 artworks
Composition
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Composition 1936

John Amhurst Selby-Bigge (1892–1973)

Oil on obeche (?) panel

H 38 x W 46 cm

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Dutch Sailing Boats in a Rough Sea
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Dutch Sailing Boats in a Rough Sea 1695

Ludolf Backhuysen I (1630–1708)

Oil on canvas

H 47.8 x W 57.9 cm

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Hull Whalers in the Arctic
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Hull Whalers in the Arctic 1822

Thomas Binks (1799–1852)

Oil on oak panel

H 48 x W 63.5 cm

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A Squadron Going to Windward in a Gale
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A Squadron Going to Windward in a Gale

Charles Brooking (1723–1759)

Oil on canvas

H 87 x W 126.5 cm

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The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking North East from the Palazzo Balbi to the Rialto Bridge
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The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking North East from the Palazzo Balbi to the Rialto Bridge c.1724

Canaletto (1697–1768)

Oil on canvas

H 66.6 x W 97.6 cm

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Dark Sea (The Wave)
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Dark Sea (The Wave) 1946

Michael Ayrton (1921–1975)

Oil on plywood

H 51 x W 68.5 cm

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Bounteous Sea
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Bounteous Sea 1978

John Bellany (1942–2013)

Oil on canvas

H 176.5 x W 80.6 cm

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The Fish Market
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The Fish Market

Joachim Beuckelaer (c.1533–1574)

Oil on canvas

H 141 x W 206.5 cm

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Cutting Out the 'Hermione'
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Cutting Out the 'Hermione' 1876

Henry Dawson (1811–1878)

Oil on canvas

H 107.5 x W 91.5 cm

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North Sea Incident
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

North Sea Incident 1999

Jack Chesterman (1938–2022)

Acrylic on canvas

H 244 x W 305 cm

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Sailing Vessels, William Wright Dock, Hull
© the artist. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Sailing Vessels, William Wright Dock, Hull 1992

David Jan Curtis (b.1948)

Oil on hardboard

H 44.5 x W 54.6 cm

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Ulysses and the Sirens
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Ulysses and the Sirens c.1909

Herbert James Draper (1864–1920)

Oil on canvas

H 177 x W 213.5 cm

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Marine Harvest
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Marine Harvest 1949

Richard Ernst Eurich (1903–1992)

Oil on canvas

H 55.9 x W 60.9 cm

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The Selkie
© the artist. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Selkie 1982

Simon Fraser (b.1950)

Oil on canvas

H 182.8 x W 152.4 cm

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Blue Seascape
© Hull Museums/estate of Donald Hamilton Fraser. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Blue Seascape 1957

Donald Hamilton Fraser (1929–2009)

Oil on canvas

H 120 x W 90 cm

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Night Crossing
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Night Crossing 1966

George Fullard (1923–1973)

Wood, metal & paint

H 55.2 x W 52 x D 12.7 cm

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Princes Dock, Hull
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Princes Dock, Hull 1882 (?)

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893)

Oil on panel

H 30.5 x W 49.5 cm

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The Loss of a Merchantman
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The Loss of a Merchantman 1831

Francis Hustwick (1797–1865)

Oil on panel

H 33 x W 46 cm

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Captain Joseph Boulderson (1764–1828)
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Captain Joseph Boulderson (1764–1828)

Arthur William Devis (1762–1822)

Oil on canvas

H 125 x W 99 cm

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Lobster Boats
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Lobster Boats c.1933

Eric Hesketh Hubbard (1892–1957)

Oil on canvas

H 44.5 x W 59 cm

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The Press Gang
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The Press Gang 1858

Alexander Johnston (1815–1891)

Oil on canvas

H 138.4 x W 123.2 cm

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Westminster Bridge, London, Evening
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Westminster Bridge, London, Evening

William James (active 1754–1771)

Oil on canvas

H 61 x W 96.5 cm

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Two_Sisters_jpg
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Anya Gallaccio (b. Glasgow 1963)

Large photograph print of the original installation of Two Sisters. Anya Gallaccio (b. Glasgow 1963)