Aivazovsky, who painted more than 6000 seascapes, battle scenes and portraits during his 60-year career, was known to have been aboard the General Kotzebue in 1869 to capture the moment the ship became one of the first to sail through the Suez Canal. He was known to have presented preliminary and sometimes finished works to ships on which he sailed.
The dive-team is set to attempt to recovers the paintings in June, though it is not yet known to what extent the silt will have succeeded in preserving them,
Aivazovsky was based in Crimea and for a time was the main painter of the Russian Navy. He became and remains one of Russia’s most celebrated artists, and also held many exhibitions in Europe and the USA. He died in 1900.
In 2012 one of his paintings depicting the Bosphorus in Turkey was sold at Sotheby’s for $5.2 million, and many other works have fetched more than $1 million.
- A MAN WHO HAD BEEN boat-diving some two miles off Newquay in Cornwall was brought to the surface unconscious on Saturday morning (11 May). The crew of Newquay’s RNLI inshore lifeboat brought him round, and he was transferred by Coastguard helicopter to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.