Antique Collectors’ Club, 1st.ed., 1995. 142 pp., 60 cold. & 47 b&w ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. A study of a relatively unknown group of early sea painters working in England from c.1660 to 1730. Marine painting in England was inspired by the arrival from Holland of the Van de Veldes in 1673, artists who dominated the world of marine art. Their English and Dutch counterparts were overshadowed and hitherto largely neglected, although, as this book clearly demonstrates, some of their number had considerable talent. These painters were working during the great naval and merchant fleet expansion under the Stuarts, William & Mary, Anne, and George I – an era when some of the most beautifully decorated ships ever built took to the seas. Artists include Isaac Sailmaker, Jacob Knyff, Adrian van Diest, Peter Tillemans, Robert Woodcock, Jean Baptist Bouttats, Thomas Baston, etc. Illustrated with 60 coloured and 47 black & white examples of their work.