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Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

Great hogfish c.1725

RCIN 925959

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Catesby deferred his study of fish until he visited the Bahamas, expecting to find a greater variety of exotic species in tropical waters. He was not disappointed and wrote: ‘I had been often told they were very remarkable, yet I was surprised to find how lavishly Nature had adorned them with Marks and Colours most admirable’.