C1789

A Fish of New South Wales.

Artist:

Daniel Butler (1772 - ?)

“Of this fish it can only be said, that the ground colour is much the same as that of our mackarel, marked with several round, blue and white spots and that, in the plate, it is represented faithfully from a … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Fish of New South Wales.

Date:

C1789

Artist:

Daniel Butler (1772 - ?)

Engraver:

P.Mazell 

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

265mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Fish of New South Wales. - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

“Of this fish it can only be said, that the ground colour is much the same as that of our mackarel, marked with several round, blue and white spots and that, in the plate, it is represented faithfully from a drawing by Daniel Butler sent from New South Wales, where it is in great plenty, and is thought to taste much like a dolphin. As to the genus, it is difficult to say with certainty to which it belongs, as it is deficient in the characteristics of those generally known it is therefore left to the reader to settle this matter according to his own opinion.”

From Governor Arthur Phillip’s, Voyage to Botany Bay

Biography:

Daniel Butler (1772-?)

Butler was a sketcher and seaman, who served aboard the Prince of Wales in the First Fleet. His cousin Daniel Southwell was midshipman in the Sirius . When Southwell received a report from ‘one of our Gents, who came a good part of the v(oyage) in the P.W.’ that Butler was ‘quite the servant and bang’d about (I think) by the mate’, Southwell told his fellow midshipman Matthew Alt to ask his uncle, the surveyor-general-to-be Augustus Alt , to watch out for young Butler’s interests.

 


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