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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 ConstableTurner and Frederic Edwin Church.

Calais Sands at Low Water: Poissards Collecting Bait

Calais Sands at Low Water: Poissards Collecting Bait 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)

Bury Art Museum

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:

However, there are still many mysteries open to discussion, including:

Guardship off the Nore

Guardship off the Nore c.1840

British School

National Maritime Museum

Neath Abbey, Glamorganshire

Neath Abbey, Glamorganshire

Peter de Wint (1784–1849)

Manchester Art Gallery

  • Might this work – artist currently unknown – be by George Chambers senior?

Ship with a Big Cloud

Ship with a Big Cloud

unknown artist

The Box (Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives)

  • Can you help find the location this painting depicts – is it Lancashire?

A Christmas Dawn

A Christmas Dawn

Charles Potter (1832–1907)

Gallery Oldham

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