Couch Fish 9.

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  v-z



Vendace
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 ..
 



White Bream
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 ..
 





Snake  Pipefish , Worm pipefish, Straight Nosed Pipefish, Hippocampus ( Sea Horse)
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
 




Viper Weever
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 4
 


Umbrina
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 
 



Wolf 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 some light spotting x 4
 



Viviparous 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 4
 



Yarrell'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 3
 


Yellow Skulpin
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
 


Variegated Sole
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  £12 unmounted x3 ..
 



White 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 
 



Whiting
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 
 



Yellow Goby,Little Goby, Two 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 2