If paintings, drawings or prints inspired by the sea interest you then the marine and coastal painter Edward William Cooke is worthy of consideration. He was one of the great marine artists of the 19th century. Born in Pentonville, London, the son of well-known line engraver George Cooke; his uncle, William Bernard Cooke, was also a line engraver of note, and Edward was raised in the company of artists.
He was a precocious draughtsman and a skilled engraver from an early age, displayed an equal preference for marine subjects, a specialist in sailing ships and published his "Shipping and Craft" – a series of accomplished engravings – when he was just 18 years of age in 1829.
Above: A FRIGATE Under All Sail by marine artist Edward William Cooke from his published work "Fifty Plates of Shipping and Craft Drawn and Etched by Edward Cooke" c1829-31. (Expanded to 65 Plates) Drawn & Etched by William Cooke.
Cooke was "particularly attracted by the Isle of Wight, and on his formative visit of 1835 he made a thorough study of its fishing boats and lobster pots; above all he delighted in the beaches strewn with rocks of various kinds, fishing tackle, breakwaters and small timber-propped jetties."
As one of the great marine artists of the 19th century his friends and collaborators included several prominent artists including Clarkson Stanfield, Samuel Prout, Augustus Callcott and John Sell Cotman.
Edward William Cooke (27 March 1811 – 4 January 1880). You can see more etched plates from "Fifty Plates of Shipping and Craft " currently in my ETSY Shop catagory Military & Naval including "Mackerel Boats", "Sailing Barges at Battersea", "Prawn Boats at Brighton Beach" and "Lobster Boat at Rottingdean Sussex"