Mobile menu
Welcome back to the royal residences. Find out more about our measures to keep you safe.
Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

Angel fish c.1725

RCIN 925976

Your share link is...

  Close

The colours of fish fade rapidly when they die, and Catesby records that he ‘painted [them] at different times, having a succession of them procured while the former lost their Colours’. For the angel fish, which was one of the strangest-looking fish he had encountered, he used gold paint for the edges of the scales.