Couch Fish  1.

Antique Fish prints by Jonathan Couch from: "History of the Fishes of the British Islands" published in four volumes between 1862 and 1865. This great work contained 256 water colours and drawings .He made hundreds of drawings of the fish he dissected, keeping a jet of water over each specimen so that he could paint their fresh brilliance before the colours faded. Original antique  woodblock prints that are the result of the collaboration of three of the most talented men of the era:  Couch drew the fish from nature; Alex F. Lydon prepared the woodblocks; and Benjamin Fawcett printed the plates ( as in Morris's Birds and Houses etc) . The colour woodblock prints were then finished with hand colouring by locals in Polperro ! Published in London, Page size: 16.5 x 25 cm ( 6.5 x 9.8 ") Image sizes vary
 Jonathan Couch (1789-1870), was a country doctor from Polperro, a small fishing village in Cornwall.  Couch, an authority on fishes, also did the sketches which were finished by Alexander Lydon, with the wood block engraving by Benjamin Fawcett.   Many of the engraved plates were finished by hand. Many have minor flaws if an exact condition report is needed ask Couch Fish now getting in alphabetical order a-b



1. Allis Shad

Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..
 


Alpine Char
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..
 

Atherine


Azurine

Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..
 



Scale Finned Shad & Anchovy
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 


Boier's Atherine & Atherine
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 


Armed Gurnard
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2
 





Bloch's Gurnard
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2 some spotting  also one perfect
 


Barbel
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted
 


Angler Fish
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 3
 


Hebridean Smelt & Argentine
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x2 ..
 


Arctic Chimera
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..
 

Bergylt
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2..
 


Bib
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 



Bloch's topknot
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £10 unmounted x 4
 



Ballon wrass
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 


Baillon's wrass
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2
 


Bleak
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..
 



Broad Headed gazer
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2..
 


Broad Nosed eel
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £10 unmounted x3..
 


Bubalis
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 3
 


Burbolt
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x3 
 




Bearded Ophidium
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 



Brill
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £10 unmounted  x2
 


Blennoid Forkbeard
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x2 ..
 


Bogue
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..
 



Bonito

Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  ..better than pic
 



Becker
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2 ..
 


Bass
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Bearded Ophidium
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x3..
 


Boarfish

Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 



Blue Shark
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted 
 



Bankes's Oarfish
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  mark to page edge x 2
 



Butterfish
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x 3
 




Butterfly Blenny
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted better than pic
 



Black Mouthed Dogfish
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x3 
 




Broad Finned Goby, tail Spotted Goby, One Spotted Goby
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £10 unmounted   x 4
 



Basking Shark
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  
 


Burton Skate
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 2
 


Bordered ray
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £10 unmounted  x3
 


Blennoid, Shanny, Montagu's Blenny
Hand finished/ watercoloured  wood block engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x 2
 

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