Couch Fish 5.

Antique Fish prints by Jonathan Couch from: "History of the Fishes of the British Islands" published in four volumes between 1862 and 1865. This great work contained 256 water colours a nd drawings .He made hundreds of drawings of the fish he dissected, keeping a jet of water over each specimen so that he could paint their fresh brilliance before the colours faded.Original antique woodblock prints that are the result of the collaboration of three of the most talented men of the era: Couch drew the fish from nature; Alex F. Lydon prepared the woodblocks; and Benjamin Fawcett printed the plates ( as in Morris's Birds and Houses etc) . The colour woodblock prints were then finished with hand colouring by locals in Polperro ! Published in London,Page size: 16.5 x 25 cm ( 6.5 x 9.8 ") Image sizes vary


Jonathan Couch (1789-1870), was a country doctor from Polperro, a small fishing village in Cornwall. Couch, an authority on fishes, also did the sketches which were finished by Alexander Lydon, with the wood block engraving by Benjamin Fawcett. Many of the engraved plates were finished by hand.Many have minor flaws if an exact condition report is needed ask

Fish now getting in alphabetical order j-l




  Planers Lamprey
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 3
 




Jago's Goldsinny
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 3
 



Long Flounder
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted  x 4..
 


Lesser launce, Larger launce
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x 4
 


Sea lamprey
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x 3
 


Short Snouted Launce
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x4
 



Long Rough Dab
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted some spotting x3
 


Ling
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x  5
 


Lemon Sole
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x3
 


Lumpfish
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted not so bright electric flash sorry x 4
 


Long Nosed Skate
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x 2
 


Lemon Sole
Hand finished engraving drawn by Jonathan Couch from History of the Fishes of the British Islands published from 1862 to 1865. Couch’s illustrations were ‘ drawn from their native element, with their native colours fresh upon them’  and engraved on boxwood by Alexander Francis Lydon, produced by Benjamin Fawcett, one of the country’s finest nineteenth century colour printers with hand finishing making all individual. The image sizes vary but the page size is 16.5 x 25 cm  £15 unmounted x 2