Ballan wrasse - Labrus bergylta
Common name: Ballan wrasse
Scientific name: Labrus bergylta
Accession number: 051
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.