Five-bearded rockling - Ciliata mustela
Common name: Five-bearded rockling
Scientific name: Ciliata mustela
Accession number: 097
Materials: Watercolour on paper
When painted: 1831-1841
MacGillivray's "Motella mustela". 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.