Ballan wrasse - Labrus bergylta
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.