Details: ANONYMOUS. Watercolour study of fish. circa 1834. Watercolour. Painted on Whatman paper dated 1834. In excellent condition with the exception of a few small tears on the left edge of sheet. Small section of missing paper on left edge. Two small tears on bottom edge. Sheet size: 19 7/8 x 15 Â½ inches.
A stunning watercolour study of fish, including a large octopus, and a colourful sun-fish.
Unfortunately we have not been able to discover any information concerning the artist of this charming watercolour. It is numbered and titled within the image but it bears no signature or date. It is obviously from the hand of an accomplished amateur painter who had a natural talent design and keen eye for detail. Amateur animal and flower painting became extremely popular during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century as a favored pursuit for aristocratic women. Painting was viewed as a necessary talent for young women, and was eagerly pursued and practiced by the upper classes. This skillful painting appears to be a watercolour study of an illustrated natural history text. Published scientific texts such as this were printed throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth century and commonly included illustrations of both flora and fauna specimens. The numbering and titles further confirm that this is a study from a printed source, since this method of identifying specimens was typically used in published volumes. Lovingly rendered and carefully painted, this skillful watercolour is a true work of art.
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