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Marine Pictures & Works of Art

Bonhams is the only international auction house to hold dedicated Marine Sales. Our two auctions a year in London offer important marine paintings from the 18th century through to contemporary works, as well as maritime related artefacts including ship models, pond yachts, nautical instruments, naval and Nelson memorabilia, and figureheads.

Firmly established as the market leader in this highly specialised field, we have achieved exceptional prices for artworks by early maritime artists such as Thomas Buttersworth Robert Salmon and Dominic Serres, who portrayed impressive ship portraits, exotic harbour scenes and important naval battles, with the Battle of Trafalgar being the most sought after by collectors.

Other highlights include naturalistic and informal seascapes by 19th century artists such as James Edward Buttersworth, Charles Edward Dixon, Thomas Somerscales and David James, while later artists - such as Montague Dawson, Norman Wilkinson and William Lionel Wyllie - celebrated the golden age of passenger liners, naval scenes from WWI and WWII, as well as historic and modern yacht races - all themes popular with the market.

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Rhyanon Demery

Head of Sale

Rhyanon Demery is a Senior Specialist and Head of Sale of marine and topographical pictures at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She oversees the saleroom's two Marine auctions and two Travel & Explora…

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Christopher Fox


Christopher D. Fox is Bonhams Skinner's Vice President and Director of Historic Arms & Militaria and Associate Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts. He specializes in military and civil …

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Jon Baddeley

Specialist Consultant Collectors, Science & Marine

In 2003, Jon joined Bonhams as Global Director of Collectors' sales and he has since been responsible for many landmark auctions and world record prices. Highlights include: the British Airways Concor…

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Veronique Scorer

Head of Department

Veronique Scorer was appointed Head of Pictures, Knightsbridge, in 2009 and loves the diversity of this busy, vibrant saleroom. Sales of Modern British & Irish Art, Prints & Multiples, British & Europ…

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Thomas Seaman


Thomas Seaman is a Specialist for 19th Century Paintings at Bonhams New Bond Street in London, working on the twice yearly 19th Century Paintings sale and the annual Orientalist Art sale. After studyi…

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Alistair Laird

Department Director

Alistair Laird is Director of 19th Century Pictures and consults for the Marine Pictures auctions. The highlight of his career was discovering a lost painting of Richmond Hill by the American artist J…

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Aaron Anderson

Associate Specialist

Aaron Anderson is an Associate Specialist of American Art based in New York, where he is responsible for administration, cataloging, valuing, and selling works in the biannual marquee sales for the Am…

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Aurore Vesin

Associate Specialist

Aurore Vesin is Associate Specialist for the Pictures department at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She works on the British and European Art sales, focusing on 19th and 20th century European art. Au…

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Polly Cornthwaite

Cataloguer, Marine and Topographical Pictures

Polly Cornthwaite is Administrator for Bonhams Marine Pictures and Travel & Exploration departments in London.

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