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Moonfish; head to right
Watercolour over graphite heightened with gold and white (oxidised)
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Height: 148 millimetres
Width: 222 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For an introduction to this group of drawings by John White and a list of abbreviations used in the Literature at the end, see curatorial comment for 1906,0509.1.1, the title page inscription to the album.
The following text is taken from K. Sloan, 'A New World: England's First View of America' (London, BM Publications, 2006), no.49, pp.190-1:
[NB. If you use any of the text or information below, please acknowledge the source]
'Selene vomer' Linn. (commonly also moonfish)
This fish is found from the West Indies as far north as Chesapeake Bay. They are generally smaller further north so White may have seen this specimen in the West Indies. Two small dorsal and ventral fins are not depicted here and the gold that White used to catch the silvery-golden colour of this fish has oxidised to grey. Although this fish is sometimes commonly called a moonfish, in fact the moonfish is a different flat fish (Vomer setapinnus Mitchell) which resembles the lookdown but does not have the long dorsal and anal fins so clearly seen here.
Lit.: LB 1(49); Quinn, p. 409; ECM 20; PH&DBQ 20; PH 20; see ‘Fishes of the Gulf of Maine’ (1953) on www.gma.org/fogm
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1965 Jan 30-Feb 22, NGC, Washington, John White, no.20
1965 26 Feb- 14 Mar, NC Mus of Art, Raleigh, John White, no. 20
1965 17 Mar-5 Apr, NY, Pierpont Morgan Libr, John White, no. 20
2007 Mar-Jun, BM, 'A New World:...', no.49
2007/8 Oct-Jan, Raleigh, North Carolina Mus of History, 'A New World:...'
2008 Mar-Jun, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, 'A New World:...'
2008 Jul-Oct, Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, 'A New World:...'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The provenance given above refers to the moment when the album of drawings connected with John White was purchased by the Department of Manuscripts in what is now the British Library. The album was transferred to the Department of Prints and Drawings in 1906, where it was assigned new register numbers.
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