Thought I'd contribute... Lots of images.

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I don't know where all of this came from, but if you're curious, ask and I might know.

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I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

From The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T. S. Eliot.
 
I've been trying to remember the author of the painting of the girl with tentacles instead of legs, the one holding the red umbrella. Any clue?