Couch Fish 6.

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 a nd 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

Fish now getting in alphabetical order m-o
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Monkfish
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 on page  

 



Mackarel/Mackerel
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

 



Muller'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 x3

 



Megrim
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 

 




Millers Thumb
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

 



Mendole
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 ..

 




Old Wife
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 some marking to page edge x 2.. pon one

 



Opah
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 

 



Ophidium Eel & Muraena
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 ..

 



Ox 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

 



Ocean Pipefish & variety
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 2

 



Montagu's Sucker
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 2

 



Mackarel Midge, Thompson's Midge
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 2

 



Minnow , Loach, Spined Loach
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 2