This week's episode of BBC One's 'The Big Painting Challenge' sees the contestants taking a trip to the seaside to hone their skills painting seascapes and landscapes. It features works by Constable, Turner and Frederic Edwin Church.
Paintings depicting boats and the sea are one of the most tagged subjects on Art UK as found in this investigation by the BBC, and there are plenty of landscapes too. Over on Art Detective we have a Maritime Subjects group specifically dedicated to solving some maritime mysteries.
Some of those that have already been resolved through contributions from Art Detectives include:
- Successfully locating where this shipwreck took place. The exact location of the wreck, and the name of the artist, were identified
- This stormy lighthouse scene being newly attributed to Jean-Louis Petit
- Figuring out that this painting depicts Dordrecht in the Netherlands
- Realising that this landscape was not, as previously thought, a Constable, but a Wainewright
However, there are still many mysteries open to discussion, including:
- Who painted Guardship off the Nore?
- Is this landscape by Peter de Wint or George Fennel Robson?
- Might this work – artist currently unknown – be by George Chambers senior?
- Can you help find the location this painting depicts – is it Lancashire?
Do head on over to Art Detective if you want to contribute or have a look at which other discussions are currently open – or just to see the discoveries that have been made already. Happy sleuthing!
Molly Tresadern, Content Creator at Art UK