22 March 2000
An album of watercolours of fishes from the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere. [N.p: n.d., but two leaves watermarked "Whatman 1840" and "J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1846"]. Small 2° (366 x 266mm). 10 mounted watercolour drawings (sheet size: 275 x 192mm. and smaller) of 11 fish, most silvered. Early 19th-century maroon straight-grained morocco, tooled in gilt and blind, g.e.
The majority of this fine collection, by three different hands, are of marine fish. The subjects of the watercolours are as follows: Carp; Member of the Carp family; Tripodfish; Flagtail; Parrotfish; Wedge Picassofish; Blackbelly Picassofish; Surge Demoiselle; Perch; Goat fish. Numbers 3, 4 and 8 are versions of images found on plates XV, XXII and VII in John Whitchurch Bennett's A Selection of the most remarkable and interesting fishes found on the coast of Ceylon, published in London between 1828 and 1830.
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