Great Masters

Works of art by the Great Masters don't just influence and inspire us, they also tell us a lot about the period they were painted in. Discover some of the amazing art we have on display - from George Stubbs's 18th century depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo, to J.M.W. Turner's famous depiction of the Battle of Trafalgar. 


Our collections feature several works by renowned 18th-century animal artist George Stubbs, most notably his groundbreaking paintings of a kangaroo and dingo. 

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Our art collection holds a major work by artist J.M.W. Turner: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (1822-24). 

The Willem van de Veldes (Elder and Younger) moved to London from Amsterdam in 1673–74 and became a strong influence on English marine painting.


Yinka Shonibare MBE explores colonialism and post-colonialism in his art. Nelson's Ship in a Bottle was acquired by the NMM in 2012.

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'Dazzle' was a type of camouflage developed in response to the threat of German U-boat submarines. First World War artist John Everett bequeathed practically his entire life’s work to the National Maritime Museum. The paintings now on display in the Queen’s House show his artistic response to wartime seafaring. 

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At the Queen's House and National Maritime Museum we have some of the finest art in Britain, including J.M.W. Turner's largest painting, one of Lowry's only depictions of London and Stubbs's iconic Kangaroo and Dingo. 


Discover some of our famous and less well-known art treasures from the last 400 years in the elegant surroundings of the Queen's House, as selected by our art curators.

Experience the drama of the high seas at the Queen's House, with our fantastic collection of naval paintings by the van de Veldes.

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J.M.W. Turner’s largest painting, The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, is one of the jewels of our fine art collection. See it for free at the National Maritime Museum.

View of Greenwich Park, National Maritime Museum and Queen's House

For the very best natural view of the city there is, come to Greenwich.