Starry smooth hound - Mustelus asterias

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Common name: Starry smooth hound

Scientific name: Mustelus asterias

Accession number: 058

Materials: Watercolour on paper

When painted: 1831-1841

It is likely that MacGillivray obtained his fish specimens from the fish market. It is probable that he would have looked for the best example of a particular type of fish and taken it home to paint it.

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