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Established in 2008, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) now comprises the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, Royal Marines Museum, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower and the Fleet Air Arm Museum. The Museum’s fine art collection numbers 6,540 works covering all media; 710 are oil paintings. Notable artists include William Beechey, John Hoppner, Dominic Serres, Nicholas Pocock, James Northcote, William Lionel Wyllie and Terence Tenison Cuneo. Works by talented amateur artists, especially those who served in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, feature significantly within the collection: Vice Admiral Sir Roderick Macdonald, RN; Lieutenant Colonel William Masters, RMLI and Captain Guy Griffiths, RM show considerable artistic flair and well-defined styles. Some of the important works of art displayed in the Museum’s galleries are ‘Admiral Sir Harry Burrard-Neale (1765–1840), 2nd Bt’ by William Beechey and ‘Liberty Men landing from Spithead’ by William Lionel Wyllie (at National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth); ‘Eastchurch 1911’ by Kenneth A. McDonough and ‘Launch against the ‘Bismarck’’ by Robert Taylor (at Fleet Air Arm Museum); ‘The Launch of HMS ‘Dreadnought’’ by Terence Tenison Cuneo and ‘Admiral Sir Max Kennedy Horton (1883–1951)’ by John Worsley (at Royal Navy Submarine Museum); ‘Lieutenant George Dyer’ by James Northcote and ‘General Sir Charles Menzies, KCB, KH, KTS (1783–1866)’ by Daniel Cunliffe (at Royal Marines Museum). The NMRN is actively commissioning contemporary artists whose work can offer a unique perspective on the ships, submarines, aircraft and people of the 21st-century Royal Navy.