Starry smooth hound - Mustelus asterias
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.