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This Selection is inspired by my Gosport constituency which stands a short journey across Portsmouth Harbour, from my birth city of Portsmouth. I wanted to showcase the rich military history of this area which is set against the backdrop of a beautiful costal landscape. I hope these images conjure up the essence of how this part of the south coast has shaped the proud history of our region and captured the importance of artists through history. Join me on a virtual journey across Portsmouth Harbour to Gosport through a diverse range of paintings from museums across the UK.

8 artworks
Bride of the Sea
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Government Art Collection

Bride of the Sea 1979

Eileen Agar (1899–1991)

Acrylic on canvas

H 76 x W 101.5 cm

Government Art Collection

British Warship Leaving Portsmouth Harbour
Photo credit: Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

British Warship Leaving Portsmouth Harbour c.1775

John Cleveley the younger (1747–1786) (circle of)

Oil on canvas

H 35 x W 56 cm

Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

Portsmouth Dockyard
Photo credit: Tate

Portsmouth Dockyard c.1877

James Tissot (1836–1902)

Oil on canvas

H 38.1 x W 54.6 cm

Tate

Gosport Pontoon and the Semaphore Tower, Portsmouth
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

Gosport Pontoon and the Semaphore Tower, Portsmouth 1967

Nickless

Oil on canvas

H 49.5 x W 74.9 cm

Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

The Hard and High Street, Gosport
Photo credit: Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

The Hard and High Street, Gosport

unknown artist

Oil on canvas

H 29.6 x W 45.1 cm

Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

Gosport Iron Foundry
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

Gosport Iron Foundry 1982

John Hubert Cooper (1912–1990) (possibly)

Oil on canvas

H 40 x W 51 cm

Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

An Engineer Working at Fort Grange in 1919
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

An Engineer Working at Fort Grange in 1919 c.1919

Ellis Silas (1885–1972)

Oil on canvas

H 54.7 x W 45 cm

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

The Hard, Gosport
Photo credit: Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection

The Hard, Gosport

Martin Snape (1853–1930)

Oil on canvas

H 70 x W 98.5 cm

Hampshire County Council’s Fine Art Collection