Sand-smelt - Atherina presbyter
Common name: Sand-smelt
Scientific name: Atherina presbyter
Accession number: 084
Materials: Watercolour on paper
When painted: 1831-1841
MacGillivray's "Atherina presbyter". 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.