Watercolour painting of a fish from Honden Island


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

Ink and watercolour paintings of fish done on the US Exploring Expedition, Honden Island, August 1839


  • Title: Watercolour painting of a fish from Honden Island
  • Date: 1839
  • Location: Cook Islands
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Significance: This painting is highly finished with exquisite detail and inscribed with descriptive notes in pencil. The volume on Ichthyology was never funded by the US Congresss due to the looming Civil War. In addition the manuscript for the publication has been lost; thus these images have never been published.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Watercolour on paper
  • Dimensions: 185 x 275 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds

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