Ballan wrasse - Labrus bergylta

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Common name: Ballan wrasse

Scientific name: Labrus bergylta

Accession number: 088

Materials: Watercolour on paper

When painted: 1831-1841

MacGillivray's "Labrus maculatus ". 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.

     Labrus bergylta click for larger image